Happy Valentine’s Day

 १ फाल्गुन २०६७, आईतवार १४:२३   | न्यूज अफ टोखा

Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is a festival that cherishes love and romance. The festival falls on February 14 every year and is celebrated in several countries across the world including US, UK, Canada, Japan, France, China and India. Though the festival commemorates the martyrdom of a Christian saint called St Valentine, the festival as it is celebrated today has little religious significance. In present times, Valentine’s Day has assumed a secular and global flavor and is celebrated by people of all ages and races.
 

Another noticeable factor in Valentine’s Day celebration of present times is that the festival celebrates love in all its forms and is not just restricted to romantic love. People therefore exchange Valentine’s Day greetings with their parents, teachers, siblings,
friends, sweethearts or anyone special or close to them. The commonest way of expressing love on Valentine’s Day is through exchanging cards, flowers and chocolates. 


Valentine’s Day History and Legends

The romantic festival of Valentine’s Day is said to have originated in pagan times in Rome when people celebrated annual
 fertility festivalcalled Feast of Lupercalia in mid-February. A unique custom of the festival was the mating of young boys and girls for a year through a lottery system. Quite often the couple would fall in love and marry. 

Strongly associated with the festival of Valentine’s Day are the legends of three or more Saint Valentine of Rome. One of the most popular legends says, Valentine or Valentinus lived in Rome when the country was under the reign of Emperor Claudius II. It is said that Claudius engaged Rome in several unpopular and bloody campaigns. To maintain a strong army, Claudius continuously needed to recruit soldiers. But to his disappointment Claudius found that most men were unwilling to join army because of their strong attachment with their wives and their families. To get rid of the problem, Claudius banned all marriages and engagements in Rome. A romantic at heart priest, Valentine, secretly arranged marriages of young boys and girls and defied this unjustified and callous order of Claudius. When the Emperor discovered this defiance, he put Valentine behind bars and he was finally executed on February 14, about 270 AD. For his great service, Valentine was named a saint after his death. 

By Middle Ages, Saint Valentine became the patron saint of love and lovers in England and France. In 498 AD, when Pope Gelasius decided to put an end to pagan celebration of Feast of Lupercalia, he declared that 14th February be celebrated as St Valentine’s Day. 

Some scholars however, say, romance was linked with Valentine’s Day because of the popular belief in England and France during the Middle Ages that birds began to start looking for their mate from 14th February.

Valentine’s Day Traditions and Customs

One of the most important
 customs of Valentine’s Day festival is the exchange of love notes called ‘Valentines’ by lovers. The tradition is said to have initiated in 1415 by Charles, Duke of Orleans who sent the first known Valentine Day card to his wife from prison. In present times, Valentine’s Day is the second biggest Valentine’s Day card-giving holiday after Christmas. There is also the tradition of gifting flowers, chocolates besides other gifts of love on Valentine’s Day as an expression of love. 

Going on a date with one’s Valentine is another popular tradition of Valentine’s Day festival. Candle light dinners or evening together in a park are an all-time favorite dating idea in present times.

Valentine’s Day Celebration
Valentine’s Day is celebrated in a big way in several countries across the globe. Days before the festival markets wear a festive look. Shops selling gifts and cards are especially decorated with
 Valentine’s Day symbols of roses, hearts, cupids and lovebirds. Aggressive marketing campaign by cards and gift marketers create hype for the festivals. On February 14, the spirit of love pervades the very atmosphere. One can find couples thronging parks, restaurants, malls and multiplexes holding hands and expressing love for each other
.

Valentines Day Gift for Her

 electing that perfect and out of the world Valentines Day Gifts for women can be quite a challenging task. This is because most women are extremely sensitive in nature and will put in hours thinking what they might receive as a Valentine’s Day Gift from you. Surpassing or even living upto their expectations is a daunting task. However, selection of Valentines Day gift for her can become easy if you keep little details in mind. For instance, if you are buying clothes or accessories for her and you take her favorite color into consideration you have won the battle. 


Another great tip for selecting
Valentines day gifts for her would be to keep your eyes and ears open days before the festival. Most women will casually or unintentionally give you a clue. They might tell you how they lost their heart on that beautiful necklace or how much they wish they had an electronic massager to relax them. Watch for the clues and you will be appreciated for your thoughtfulness.

In case you are still not able to decide there are some general Valentine’s Day Gifts like jewelry and jewelry box, hand bags, fresh flowers, teddy bears, chocolates and cards. These are considered to be appropriate Valentine’s Day gifts for mothers, teachers, friends, beloved or any other special woman in your life. You may buy anything depending on the choice of the lady and your budget but buy with love. Always remember that it is your feeling behind the gift that makes it special. 

Valentines Day Gift for Him

 Selecting that perfect and out of the world Valentines Day Gifts for women can be quite a challenging task. This is because most women are extremely sensitive in nature and will put in hours thinking what they might receive as a Valentine’s Day Gift from you. Surpassing or even living upto their expectations is a daunting task. However, selection of Valentines Day gift for her can become easy if you keep little details in mind. For instance, if you are buying clothes or accessories for her and you take her favorite color into consideration you have won the battle. 


Another great tip for selecting Valentines day gifts for her would be to keep your eyes and ears open days before the festival. Most women will casually or unintentionally give you a clue. They might tell you how they lost their heart on that beautiful necklace or how much they wish they had an electronic massager to relax them. Watch for the clues and you will be appreciated for your thoughtfulness. 


In case you are still not able to decide there are some general Valentine’s Day Gifts like jewelry and jewelry box, hand bags, fresh flowers, teddy bears, chocolates and cards. These are considered to be appropriate Valentine’s Day gifts for mothers, teachers, friends, beloved or any other special woman in your life. You may buy anything depending on the choice of the lady and your budget but buy with love. Always remember that it is your feeling behind the gift that makes it special.

Selecting a perfect Valentine’s Gift for him is quite a difficult task especially if the man is quite close to you and you wish to touch his heart on the special occasion. However, the task of selecting gift can become bit easy with little planning, some thinking and lots of love. 

The ideal way to go about Valentine’s Day gift selection is to begin early. Some women actually start thinking and working on the gift months before the festival if they wish to gift a personalized or handmade Valentine’s Day Gift to the man in their life. In case you are creative and have the skill you can knit a sweater or muffler, paint a portrait, prepare a memorable photo-album with pictures of you two or trace his life from birth through pictures. This will work wonders and will be his most treasured gift ever.

In case you plan to buy a bewitching Valentines Day Gifts for himkeep in mind his choice and interests. Think hard if he ever told you about a long lost hobby or something he has been planning to buy since long, you might get a vital clue. If this does not gets you an answer you may go in for general Valentines Day Gifts for men like wallets, wrist watches, shirts, perfumes, chocolate hampers, sweets etc. These gifts can be given to fathers, uncles, brothers, sweethearts or any other man you consider special. And, please do not forget to complement the gift with a bouquet of his favorite fresh flowers. Most men have the secret desired to be gifted flowers on Valentine’s Day.
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