New Delhi/Bhopal/Mumbai, Feb.14 : It was roses and gifts of love for those smitten by cupid's darts, while protestors in several parts of India played spoilsport on Valentine's Day.
In Delhi, lovelorn couples celebrated the day by presenting gifts and flowers to their partners.
On the occasion Radio Mirchi (FM Radio Channel) organized a contest 'Lage Rahoo Munni Bai' where girls proposed to guys.
"A lot of girls are proposing to a lot of guys, there is fun all around and our road show 'Lage Rahoo Munni Bai' was at Venky College in the morning, currently we are PVR Priya, and of course we will be moving to Infinity Mall in Gurgaon and from there we go to Gold Souk. It's going to be a lot of fun as several women will take a leap of love during this leap year," said Anu, from Radio Mirchi.
Lovers in Bhopal meanwhile, faced the wrath of the police even as Shiv Sena protesters objected to Valentine's Day celebrations in Mumbai.
Hindu radicals openly voiced their anger against what they have declared is a corrupting influence on society at large and particularlyn youth. They also damaged shops selling Valentine's Day gifts and memorabilia.
"We won't allow foreign influences to prevail over our youth. These influences are corrupting the youth of the country. We don't want the youth of this country to address their mothers as mom. We want they should call them 'Ma or Aai'. We will not support such things," said Arun Dudhvadekar a Shiv Sena protestor.
Valentine Day is the traditional day on which lovers express their love for each other by sending Valentine's cards, presenting flowers, or offering confectionery.
The day is named after two of the numerous Early Christian martyrs named Valentine. The day became associated with romantic love in the circle of Geoffrey Chaucer in High Middle Ages, when the tradition of courtly love flourished.