Valentine’s Day is celebrated in memory of martyrdom of Saint Valentine. It is celebrated on 14th of February, every year. Initially it was celebrated in European Countries and USA only but with the increasing use of technology and media, now it is celebrated all over the world
The most popular theory about Valentine’s Day origin is that Emperor Claudius II didn’t want Roman men to marry during wartime. Bishop Valentine went against his wishes and performed secret weddings. For this, Valentine was jailed and executed. After his death, Valentine was named a saint. As Rome became more Christian, the priests moved the spring holiday as ‘Lupercalia Festival’ from the 15th of February to the 14th of February – Valentine’s Day. Now the holiday honored Saint Valentine. It is the second largest festival celebrated after Christmas in the West. So February 14th is the day to spread the love and exchange affectionate gifts to one another.
On every 14th February, all over the world, candy, flowers, and gifts are given to loved ones all in the name of St. Valentine. According to other theories, in some countries it is related with commencement of spring, while in others it is celebrated as an agriculture festival.
Valentine’s Day offers lovers many ways to express their emotions. Many people around the world celebrate Valentine’s Day by showing appreciation for the people they love or adore. Many people give greeting cards, chocolates, jewelry or flowers, particularly roses, to their partners or admirers on Valentine’s Day. It is also a time to appreciate friends in some social circles and cultures. So February 14th is the day to spread the love and exchange affectionate gifts to one another.
However, Valentine Day is gaining popularity among young lovers in the Asian countries also but it has been opposed by various Hindu and Islamic traditionalists. They consider it as a threat to the values and cultures of their society.