Valentine’s Day is celebrated on February 14 every year. Valentine’s Day is a Christian holy day, which is observed to remember a saint named Valentine. However, in recent years it has taken universal character as “Love Day”. Especially in Valentine’s Day, the word valentine represents love.“From your valentine” is substituted for “From your love” on the Valentine’s Day.
It is celebrated as a day of expressing love for each other by gifting flowers, candies and exchanging greeting cards.
Many young people are waiting for this day to come to put a new love proposal to his/her love.
The day is named after earlier Christian priest named Saint Valentine. It is said Valentine was a priest who refused to follow the law imposed by Roman Emperor Claudius II. The law was to stay young men single. The Emperor did this to grow his army, believing that married men are not good for soldiers. The priest Valentine disobeyed his law and secretly performed marriage ceremonies for young men. When Claudius found it out Valentine was arrested and thrown in jail and later killed off.
Valentine day is seen as symbol of celebrating love and affection between intimate companions.
Modern Valentine’s Day symbols include the heart-shaped outline, doves, and the figure of the winged Cupid. Cupid is Roman God of desire, love and affection. It is all about Valentine’s Day in general. Now let’s see what people do in Valentine’s Day in Nepal.
Every February 14, across the United States and in other places around the world, candy, flowers and gifts are exchanged between loved ones, all in the name of St. Valentine. But who is this mysterious saint, and where did these traditions come from? Find out about the history of this centuries-old holiday, from ancient Roman rituals to the customs of Victorian England.
TYPICAL VALENTINE’S DAY GREETINGS
In addition to the United States, Valentine’s Day is celebrated in Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom, France and Australia. In Great Britain, Valentine’s Day began to be popularly celebrated around the 17th century. By the middle of the 18th, it was common for friends and lovers of all social classes to exchange small tokens of affection or handwritten notes, and by 1900 printed cards began to replace written letters due to improvements in printing technology. Ready-made cards were an easy way for people to express their emotions in a time when direct expression of one’s feelings was discouraged. Cheaper postage rates also contributed to an increase in the popularity of sending Valentine’s Day greetings.
Americans probably began exchanging hand-made valentines in the early 1700s. In the 1840s, Esther A. Howland began selling the first mass-produced valentines in America. Howland, known as the “Mother of the Valentine,” made elaborate creations with real lace, ribbons and colorful pictures known as “scrap.” Today, according to the Greeting Card Association, an estimated 1 billion Valentine’s Day cards are sent each year, making Valentine’s Day the second largest card-sending holiday of the year. (An estimated 2.6 billion cards are sent for Christmas.) Women purchase approximately 85 percent of all valentines.