Today is the day to just forget everything else and celebrate love. Yes, it is Valentine's Day, a festival of love, something that the world badly needs in times when hatred, hostilities and wars are making news on a daily basis.
Valentine's Day is not just about exchanging chocolates, gifts and cards, in a broader sense it is about universal peace, concern for fellow beings and embracing your enemies. When countries across the globe are trying to intimidate each other by missile tests and nuclear threats, Valentine's Day reminds us that peaceful coexistance is the only way forward.
It is time that all of make efforts to spread love instead of hatred and bigotry, embrace each other so that world is a better place tomorrow than today.
On a lighter note, couples across the world are excited to celebrate Valentine's Day, which is undoubtedly the most romantic time of the year.
It can be said that Valentine week is one of the popular and anticipated time of the year, where lovers express their feelings and affection towards their loved ones. The week preceding the Valentine's day was celebrated as Valentine Week.
Especially popular with the youth, a great deal of enthusiasm can be seen in the college campuses in particular, with couples planning days in advance about how to celebrate the Valentine week which leads to Valentine's Day on February 14.
Valentine's Week 2018:
1. Rose Day - February 7, 2018 - Wednesday
2. Propose Day - February 8, 2018 - Thursday
3. Chocolate Day - February 9, 2018 - Friday
4. Teddy Day - February 10, 2018 - Saturday
5. Promise Day - February 11, 2018 - Sunday
6. Hug Day - February 12, 2018 - Monday
7. Kiss Day - February 13, 2018 - Tuesday
8. Valentine's Day - February 14, 2018 - Wednesday
The Legend of ST. Valentine:
The history of Valentine's Day-and the story of its patron saint-is shrouded in mystery. We do know that February has long been celebrated as a month of romance, and that St. Valentine's Day, as we know it today, contains vestiges of both Christian and ancient Roman tradition. But who was Saint Valentine, and how did he become associated with this ancient rite?
The Catholic Church recognizes at least three different saints named Valentine or Valentinus, all of whom were martyred. One legend contends that Valentine was a priest who served during the third century in Rome. When Emperor Claudius II decided that single men made better soldiers than those with wives and families, he outlawed marriage for young men. Valentine, realizing the injustice of the decree, defied Claudius and continued to perform marriages for young lovers in secret. When Valentine's actions were discovered, Claudius ordered that he be put to death.
Other stories suggest that Valentine may have been killed for attempting to help Christians escape harsh Roman prisons, where they were often beaten and tortured. According to one legend, an imprisoned Valentine actually sent the first "valentine" greeting himself after he fell in love with a young girl-possibly his jailor's daughter-who visited him during his confinement. Before his death, it is alleged that he wrote her a letter signed "From your Valentine," an expression that is still in use today. Although the truth behind the Valentine legends is murky, the stories all emphasize his appeal as a sympathetic, heroic and-most importantly-romantic figure. By the Middle Ages, perhaps thanks to this reputation, Valentine would become one of the most popular saints in England and France. (Source - http://www.history.com)