Valentine’s Day is an annual festive holiday celebrated on February 14th of every year throughout the world. It’s time for the hearts, red roses, cupids, bows, and arrows. Do love and romance need any introduction? Not always for those who know to shower unlimited love, affection, and friendship. There is no place in the world where love cannot be seen, as it is just like the air we breathe. Of course, we must love our people all day and every day. But what’s more special than loving your lover on a very special day that is meant only for Love? It sounds the best, isn’t it? So on Valentine’s Day, you are encouraged to express and show a little more extra love in a very special way. February is a traditional day for lovers to express their love. The anticipation is finally over for those who have waited for this perfect occasion to surprise their partner. However, the Day is not only meant for lovers but is also for all of us who love, care, and wish to express our love to other people. On the day of romance, show and share how much you uniquely love your partner by giving letters, cards, flowers, confectionaries, and gifts.
“Love is our true destiny. We do not find the meaning of life by ourselves alone – we find it with another.” – Thomas Merton
History of Valentine’s Day
The origins of Valentine’s Day are not known accurately. However, the Day is believed to be created by Pope Gelasius I, a Roman priest, in 496 AD. The Day has its roots in Saint Valentine’s Day, which dates back to ancient times. It was during that time people paid their honor to the Roman God of Fertility, which was known as the Feast of Lupercalia, an ancient pagan fertility celebration. Pope Gelasius, I have replaced the Roman festival of Lupercalia, which was held in mid-February, with St. Valentine’s Day at the end of the 5th century. Thus the Day has been named after one or more early Christian saints named Valentinus, who was martyred for numerous reasons. But none of them was associated with love, and how he has become the patron saint of the lovers is a mystery to date.
The reason for choosing this particular date for the celebration of love is still a mystery. But we could think that as February 14th was believed to be the first day of bird’s mating for the season and thus it would have made people celebrate love on this same date. Since the 14th century, this Day has become a celebration day for love and romance. One of the myths associated with the origins of Valentine’s Day states that this Day has been celebrated in respect of Saint Valentine, who has refused to obey the orders of Emperor Claudius II Gothicus. It was thought that Valentine defied the emperor’s orders and secretly helped married couples to spare their husbands from war.
Thus Emperor Claudius II ordered that young men should be refrained from marrying as he thought that after marriage, men would no longer remain to be good soldiers. However, Valentine did not obey the Emporer’s order and helped many young men marry secretly. As a result, Valentine was killed by the Emperor, and hence Valentine’s Day tradition was started. One another myth, according to the legends, was that there was a priest named Valentine who had signed a letter “from your Valentine” to his jailer’s daughter, whom he had befriended. So there is no clear evidence for the reason to hold this Day for love. But the day of romance, what we call Valentine’s Day, is named for any of those Christian martyrs.
In the High Middle Ages, the tradition of courtly love flourished, and thus this Day has become associated with romantic love in the circle of Geoffrey Chaucer. It was during the 1500s that formal messages, or valentines, appeared. The commercially printed cards were being used from the late 1700s. The traditions of this Day are broad, and this day has soon evolved into an occasion in which lovers revealed their love for each other by presenting flowers, confectionery, and sending Valentine’s cards during the 18th century. The diamond industry began to promote this Day as an occasion for giving jewelry during the 1980s. Predominantly being a Western country celebration, the Day has also been celebrated in other countries as well.
Valentine’s Day symbols are the red or pink heart, roses, and Cupid. The Cupid is the Roman god of love, along with the heart, which is traditionally the seat of emotion. It was thought that the avian mating period began during mid-February, and thus birds also became a symbol of this day. Cupid will usually hold a bow and arrow, and in mythology, it is said that he uses his arrow and strikes the hearts of people, and those people who have fallen in love are told to be ‘struck by Cupid’s arrow.’ With the rise of the internet, love has also been celebrated in the digital era. People use digital means of creating and sending Valentine’s Day greeting messages like e-cards and printable greeting cards, and they love coupons to celebrate this day. In the current century, the day focuses not only on love and romance but is also known for appreciation and friendship.
Valentines Week List
Valentine’s week starts on February 7 and ends on February 14. Here is the list of Valentine’s Week 2024
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Happy Valentine’s Day Quotes
“If you have only one smile in you give it to the people you love.” – Maya Angelou.
“Love will find a way through paths where wolves fear to prey.” – Lord Byron.
“The heart has its reasons of which reason knows nothing.” – Blaise Pascal.
“A heart is not judged by how much you love, but by how much others love you.” – Frank Morgan.
“You are always new, the last of your kisses was ever the sweetest.” – John Keats.
“We are alive when we are in love.” – John Updike.
“I know of only one duty, and that is to love.” – Albert Campus.
“The best smell in the world is that man that you love.” – Jennifer Aniston.
“Each time you love, love as deeply as if it forever.” – Audre Lorde.
“Love shall be our token; love is yours and loves to be mine.” – Christina Rossetti.
Happy Valentine’s Day Wishes
“Roses are red and violets are blue, I’ve never been more in love with you.”
“Darling, my love for you is as deep as the sea and as high as the sky.”
“You are unique, You are caring and You are the Best. And I am the luckiest to have you in my life.”
“From head to toe and inside and out, I wouldn’t change anything about you. You’re ideal in your beauty as well as in your being.”
“Love is like playing the piano. First you must learn to play by the rules, then you must forget the rules and play from your heart.”
“Before I sleep at night, I always pray that you’ll be my husband, I cannot imagine myself to be with a man other than you.”
“Looking at you tickles every inch of me, I cannot wait to have you near me, I love you.”
“My appeal for you my beautiful wife, Please don’t put sugar in my tea, Just one kiss from my cup for your side will make it sweet, I so love you lot my lovely wife, Please stay near always.”
“After so many years of stay with each other, One thing that I understand That I can’t think to stay without you, You are my love and so very true. That I can’t think of my whole life without you, My love for you real and true. My wife my babu my sona I so love you.”
“Each and every day, I always think about you, And, I love you more than anyone, You are the really a bright star of my life, Without you, I would not strive, Love you.”
How to Celebrate the Valentine’s Day
There are numerous unique ways in which you can celebrate Valentine’s Day. Express your love for your partner in the very best way possible. Share love cards, present gifts, chocolates, and jewelry, and propose to your lover with a bunch of red roses. Love doesn’t stop with materials, and you can show how much you love with a handwritten love message, appreciate and adore your partner for how lucky you are to get him/her. Spend some with your mate on this very special day. Go out for a candlelight dinner to make it a romantic and memorable celebration. Those long-distance lovers can even surprise your lover with some surprise gift or even a surprise visit. Go on a date or say your untold love to your yet-to-be partner, as it is an exclusive day for lovers. Others can also indulge in this celebration of love as you are not restricted in expressing or sharing how much love your friends, family, and anything and everything. You can share your love for your loved ones on social media by using the hashtags #HappyValentinesDay or #ValentinesDay.
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