Lucknow: Today is the day of love and romance and the most awaited day of the year for any couple, Valentine’s Day. After a week of love-filled festivities, like every year, Valentine’s Day is celebrated on February 14 this year. Valentine’s Day holds great significance for those in love and people express their affection for their significant other on this day.
Valentine’s Day is all about love, and Cupid is known as the angel of love. According to Roman mythology, Cupid is the son of Venus, the goddess of love and beauty. The bow and arrow of Cupid depicts piercing a heart and casting the spell of love.
It is that time of the year when couples express their love for each other in varied ways. Some take their partners out to dinners and others plan a surprise at home. Being a day that celebrates companionship, affection, and appreciation, there is no set rule on how to express them. Let us take a look at the origin of this day.
Valentine’s Day: History
A popular belief is that St Valentine was a Catholic priest from Rome in the third century AD. Those days, Romans would celebrate the feast of Lupercalia from February 13 to 15, for which men would sacrifice a dog and a goat. Their hides would be used by men to whip women to boost their fertility. Women would then be paired with men via lottery. This match-making sometimes would culminate in marriage.
Later, by the end of the fifth century, this controversial practice was discontinued and replaced with Valentine’s Day, which celebrated love and companionship.
In the 5th century, Pope Gelasius expelled the pagan rituals of Lupercalia and combined it with St. Valentine’s Day. Once the pagan rituals were gone, St. Valentine’s Day celebrations grew more romantic in nature. The festival became all about love and intimacy. Popular poets such as Geoffrey Chaucer and William Shakespeare also began to popularise this day by writing sweet things about love and passion.
Self-made cards were exchanged as a token of love and appreciation. The tradition made its way into the 19th century and the industrial revolution made it possible to produce a number of cards for the occasion. Since then, Valentine’s Day is celebrated in affectionate ways by exchanging cards, gifts and flowers to express love to a beloved.
Importance of Valentine’s Day
In honor of one or two early Christian martyrs named Saint Valentine and, through later folk traditions, has become a significant cultural, religious, and commercial celebration of romance and love in many regions of the world.
It is the perfect opportunity to express one’s love to a longtime crush and to remind people in their life that they love them and are valued by them.
Valentine’s Day: Significance and Celebrations
Valentine’s Day is a celebration of love. People confess their feelings to a love interest and tell them how much they are admired. Couples make each other feel special by showering warmth and affection. Traditional gifts, wishes and red roses are presented to a significant other as a symbol of beauty and love. Modern day celebrations include going on romantic dates and candle light dinners too.
In many parts of the world, the day is also celebrated by expressing love for friends and family members. Movie nights, cooking meals with friends or hosting a Valentine’s Day party, all these are significant ways of enjoying this day.
Valentine’s Day is popular in the United States along with other countries such as Canada, Australia and Britain. It is widely celebrated in South Korea, Argentina, Philippines, France and Mexico as well.