Valentine’s Day – Is it a Love Tale?
Valentine’s Day, one of the most proliferated western trends, but now it has been embraced in Asian cultures as well. Besides exchange of roses, chocolates, sweets, cards and love, Valentine’s Day origin has a rebellious history.
Dating back to history of Ancient Rome, Valentine’s Day marked itself when Saint Valentines went against the wishes of Roman emperor Claudius (3) orders’ and performed secret weddings. Claudius 3 did not want his Bishop men to marry whilst they were at war. Despite being under prosecution, Saint Valentines wrote a letter to the Jailers’ daughter with a sign – ‘FROM YOUR VALENTINE’
Hard to believe, but indeed true!!!
Different Perspectives on this Day:
Indeed, Valentine’s Day is for any one you love. But it presumes different viewpoints across different regions:
Valentine’s day here is symbol of love, affection and admiration in relevance to romantic love, family, friends or anyone you genuinely admire.
In Finland, this day is called YSTAVANPAIVA which translates friendships day, so this day could be for buddies as well.
Chinese Valentine’s Day falls on the 7th day of 7th Lunar month known as ‘QIXI’. According to Chinese beliefs, this is the day when the Cowherd and the Weaver girl meet once in a year, hence the Chinese Valentines’ day. However, 14 February has its significance as well were exchanging gifts, flowers, cards, ties, romantic dinner, followed by a movie and a date are popular. Some also believe in registering their marriage if love day falls on a working day.
Asian Trio – Japan, Taiwan and South Korea have their White Day (14th March, since late 70s) as a second valentine’s day. White day is slightly different from the traditional Valentine’s Day. While the latter works on give and take or exchange event, the former, is the ‘male-counterpart’. Yes! on February 14, traditional Valentine’s day women offer expensive white chocolates to men they are romantically involved with. And on March 14, the white day is when men reciprocate their love and admiration by gifting women. Although not a retail holiday, but white day serves market over $500 million.
Valentines’ Day Facts: India
Following the year commenced freshness in January, the short February is full on swings and sways in Valentine mood. We have heard people planning to shop for special ‘red dresses, roses, cards and sweets. The day is also an important for the young singles who consider it as an auspicious day to start searching for their love.
The role of media is huge in influencing Indian mind-sets towards this day. Valentines’ day is promoted hugely with advertisements, many musical release with valentine theme on this day, symbolic representation of love through Valentine’s Day in many cinemas.
However, there are many protests reported in many Indian cities each year against celebrating this days. It is to dis-regard the western influence on Indian culture. Ironically, we bring following facts relevant to Valentines’ day in India:
- It is common among young adolescents, engaged and/or newly married couples, and among friends.
- Valentines’ day is celebrated with more excitement in rural India
- Average value of Valentine gift purchased is between 1500 INR to 3000 INR
- 80% of Indian youngsters believe it is very important
- Online platforms have boosted Valentine gifts sales up to 80%
- Dating and Candle Light dinner is more preferred than gifts in married Indian couples, AND
- THE MOST IMPORTANT ONE – 77% of the valentine gift buyers are MEN!!!
Lets’ make this Valentine special:
With due respect to all perspectives, and way of celebrating this day, every one should have liberty to celebrate it their own way. But if you wish to make this day more special for your loved one, regardless of who it is, try out the following Dos and Dont’s:
- Spending time is more valuable than any gift or message. So meet the person in person and share some time
- Appreciation can win hearts. Take time to appreciate your loved one.
- Sharing can multiply bliss. Share your wishes and time of the day with as many as you can. Remember there are many who love you and who also long for your love!
- Love yourself first, in order to love others, it is important you love yourself the most. Take few minutes out of your routine and spend some time for yourself.
- Avoid smartphone for a while and accompany your loved one.
- Resolutions, make a promise that quality time you spend is worth more than millions. So let’s prioritize love over money.
- Forgive and forget, seek forgiveness and forgive who seek it from you. The smile it brings is treasure.
- Relations, are priceless. No matter who you are or what you have achieved, you are always emotionally- dependent, so value relations.
- Open up, enjoy life in open air with your loved ones, instead of restricting yourself in a phone or in a cinema hall or in your room.
- Do not limit yourself. Let your emotions, smile, tears, feelings flow
- Just an SMS?? A whatsapp, FB or an SMS is not worth it, take effort to make a move yourself.
- Do not stick to routine, come out of your normal day and live a day for yourself and your loved one
- Avoid getting Angry, for a day make an attempt to not to get angry on your loved ones, no matter what
- Do not ignore this post, if you liked it then share it with your loved ones and let your love multiply!!!