Think of love and think of Valentine’s Day! Also known as Saint Valentine’s Day or Feast of Saint Valentine it is a traditional holiday marking respect to a Roman priest, St Valentine or Valentinus. Valentine’s Day is celebrated all over the world with great fervour and excitement in order to remember him on 14th February each year. On this day the beautiful bond of love is celebrated with near and dear ones.
The Legend of Valentine’s Day
A popular legend around the the Roman priest St Valentine dates back to Rome in third century AD. In an attempt to make his army strong, Emperor Claudius II forbid marriages because according to him married men made bad soldiers. Valentine resisted this and thought of this as an unfair belief. He revolted against the Emperor and arranged marriages in secret.
When the Emperor found out about his doing he jailed St Valentine and sentenced him to death. As luck would have it, the priest fell in love with the jailor’s daughter and when he was being taken to be prosecuted on 14th February he wrote her a love letter signed “from your Valentine”. This act epitomised heightened love and a beautiful expression of the same feeling towards the one who you love.
The First Celebrations
Valentine’s Day was first celebrated in the year 496! It is believed that in Rome during the month of February on the on-set of spring time there was a festival where boys pulled chits out of a box with girls’ names on it and they would act as boyfriend and girlfriend during the festival time. Sometimes, they also end up getting married to each other. Eventually, the church intervened to make this event into a Christian celebration and declared it as Valentine’s Day to commemorate the great priest. Eventually, this day became synonymous with expressing feelings of love for a significant other.
Celebrations the World Over
In Denmark holiday on Valentine’s Day was declared only in after 1990s. Interestingly, people exchange pressed white flowers called snow drops instead of conventional roses on this day. It is believed that the first greeting card originated from France where today Valentine’s Day is recognized as an important event in the lives of lovers. In South Korea Valentine’s Day is observed with a twist where on this day the girl woos her man with chocolates and flowers. Exactly a month later on 14th March the man reciprocates his feelings by showering his woman with chocolates, flowers, cards and a gift on a day called White Day. Interestingly, all single men and women observe the Black Day on 14th April where they mourn their solitude.
Valentine’s Day in India
We in India enjoy Valentine’s Day with the person we love the most. This day is special for people in love who take time out to make the significant other feel loved! We send fresh flowers, especially roses, gifts like teddy bears, chocolates and cakes and beautiful greeting cards that hold the expression of our deep love. Websites like www.floroindia.com are committed to delivering cute and thought-worthy surprises to any part of the country to make Valentine’s Day special for you and your loved ones.