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Why Valentine’s Day is Celebrated

Overview

Valentine’s Day; an homage to love and happiness. A day to give respect rest to the of the world. It is a holiday that celebrates intimacy through warm cuddles, chocolate and roses. The day to honour your long lasting marriage or to asked your loved one to start a new one. But, the most common mistake about Valentine’s Day is the history about it and how it all started. In this article, I will elaborate why Valentine’s Day is celebrated.

Valentine's DayHistorical Background

The cause of Valentine’s Day began as a ceremonial celebration of one early Christian saints named Valentinus. A large number of stories were invented for the various Valentines that belonged to the day of February 14. A popular belief states that he was imprisoned for doing weddings for soldiers who were forbidden to marry their loved ones and for ministering to Christians, who the Roman Empire persecuted.

At that time, Claudius was the emperor of Rome, and his primary task was to gather an army to oppose the attackers. The reason why he imprisoned Valentinus is that, even after Claudius passed his law, he was secretly marrying the soon-to-be soldiers in his army. Saint Valentine, as said in the legend, always wore a purple amethyst ring, which is known to be brought by the Christian bishops. Additionally, the ring had an image of Cupid engraved in it, a recognisable symbol associated with love. Roman soldiers would recognise the ring and ask him to marry them with their loved ones. One can say that due to the association with Saint Valentine, amethyst has become the birthstone of February, which is believed to attract love.

However, other legend states that during his imprisonment he healed the daughter of his jailer, Asterius. Later, a segment was added to this story that states that before his execution he wrote her a letter signed “Your Valentine” as a farewell. It is no surprise that many young people came to the jail to visit Valentine. They kept his spirits up by throwing flowers and notes up to his window. History says the men and women wanted Valentine to know that they, too, believed in love.

Middle age history

The day was first associated with love and romance in the High Middle Ages when the taboo of courtly love was flourishing. In the 18th-century England, it evolved into an occasion in which lovers expressed their love for each other by offering confectionery, sending greeting cards and presenting flowers. In Europe, Saint Valentine’s Keys are given to partners “as a romantic symbol and an invitation to unlock the giver’s, heart”. Also, in some countries, it is granted to children to ward off epilepsy. Valentine’s Day symbols that are used today include the heart-shaped outline, doves, and the figure of the winged Greek god of love and romance, Cupid.
The oldest known reference of Valentine is a poem written by Charles, Duke of Orleans in 1415, for his wife. He wrote it when he was imprisoned in the Tower of London after facing defeat at the battle of Agincourt. The manuscript is preserved in the British Library of London.

Sum Up

I hope now you know why Valentine’s Day is celebrated.

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The untold mystery behind Valentine’s Day you should know

Celebrating Valentine’s Day has become a ritual that is celebrated every year. But, have you ever wondered where and how it all started? Thoughtful right! To burst this mystery and share the actual reason behind the celebration of Valentines Day here is a cinched story about this day of love.

The history revolves around a man by the name St Valentine. So, let us creep in to see where and why all these traditions came from.

 

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Though there are various versions of this auspicious day, there is one story highlighted and considered authentic in terms of the history.

It talks about the time during the third century of Rome. The emperor reigning during that era was Claudius II. According to his mindset men who were single and did not have any family made better soldiers than the ones who had. He considered the family people distracted and not worthy enough to serve the army.

With this thought overshadowing his mind he passed strict rules about these soldiers to not be permitted to marry. Seeing this injustice, priest St Valentine decided to defy his rules and orders. He kept getting soldiers married for love and family according to their wish and choice.

When the emperor was informed about such acts taking place in his kingdom he called for St Valentine and ordered to cage him. Then it was told that during his stay in the jail he healed the daughter of the jailer by the name Asterius.  While serving the time there, it was rumoured in the air that she fell in love with him.

Right before his prosecution, he wrote a farewell letter to the lady signing off ‘Your Valentine’, which has become a signature of lovers on the Valentine’s Day.

With St Valentine, this day is also celebrated in the memory of other love and peace favouring honours like- Hieromartyr Valentine, the Bishop of Interamna (modern Terni).

Since it was a sacrifice for love, peace and togetherness it gave this a dynamic essence and stamp that is recognized every year. With such a positive history this day should be remembered for the love, care and happiness that a person should have for humanity and the living around us.

The increasing awareness and the popularity of the internet have helped people remember old and new traditions in a new way. It is also one of the easiest and fastest ways to send greetings across nations and worldwide. It is surprising to hear that this day is also declared as a holiday at some places due to various reasons one of them being commercialization.

Now you know the history attached to the love day try finding of the importance of colour red to this day in one of my blogs.

Time to welcome Valentine’s Day with warmth and care!

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The reason why red color is important on Valentine’s Day

It is said that each color, when created, had significance behind it. With each shade, there is an expression and a purpose that defines all relation.

Since Valentine’s Day is round the corner it is obvious I will pick the colors those enhance the beauty of this day. Basically, there are three colors those rule this day red pink and white.

To start with pink color, it signifies women and their femininity. For those who are planning to celebrate this day with their family or friends, this can be a good time to gift them pink flowers. It shows affection, lovability, and the intangible understanding.

This color is made by blending white and red together which also signifies innocence, grace, and friendship wrapped in admiration. The darker shade of pink helps to project thankfulness and gratitude towards the elders on this day.

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If we talk about red color it is the shade that explains the passion and deep love. During the ancient times, the red color rose was used to show or express romantic relationships or intimate times. This flower has been counted since the medieval times as one of the elite flowers because of its beauty and fragrance.

Along with the beauty gift, red roses symbolize security, truthfulness and value of the relationship. Apart from the red roses, gifts and color, Valentine’s Day have a deep and strong story behind it. Though it is not very widely known but the color red has become the emblem of the occasion since then.

Highlighting just one color is not mandatory. The others colors are also equally important for different occasions. They play an active role in expressing feelings and gestures which are a little tough to frame at times.

Valentine’s Day is a beautiful day to remember your loved ones and also to pamper them with gifts and flowers to let them know how much you care and love them. It does not mean that single people should be left out instead this day you can surround yourself or your friends with people who are important to them. You can even plan a nice outing with friends.

If possible, try making this day amazing for someone and gifting them the best time of life.

So now you know what makes red color so important on this day.

Go out enjoy yourself and spread the color of red to paint to the world for a better place to reside.

Happy Valentine’s Day

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Promise Day

Promise Day is the fifth day of the Valentine’s week which is celebrated annually on 11th of February by the people of any age group. It is one of the special days from the week of Saint Valentine, along with Propose Day (Feb 8), Chocolate Day (Feb 9), Teddy Day (Feb 10), Hug Day (Feb 12), and Kiss Day (Feb 13) and is one of the most important days, because lovers make vows and promises to their loved ones which are meant not to broken ever.

Lovers welcome this day with hearts filled with happiness and love to promise each other for faithfulness, togetherness in any bad or good situations as well as promise to marry. They express each other with their real, deep and true love which makes them able to trust on their relationship more than ever before. Promise brings each one of the relationship more closer by strengthening their bond of love and trust. Lovers and couples promise each other at this day by sending promise cards, taking hand of their loved ones in their own hand and many more ways. Some go to the lovers point and other famous places to make their promises memorable and unique forever.

The month of February is considered to be a lovers’ paradise not without a reason. There are so many days dedicated to the spirit of love and belonging. With today being ‘Promise Day’, you can take the vow to be with your loved one till eternity. A simple confession ‘I Love You’ can do wonders, no doubt but a little promise can seal it with faith. Being honest in any relationship is essential, so when in love practice the same. You can promise assurance to your loved one, saying that you shall always stick together and remain honest to each other. After all, honesty is the best policy. The most important feeling for any relationship to sustain the tide of time is ‘love’. If you feel that, there is no chance your relationship will fail.

Even if you are a man of words, try walking that extra mile for your love—make that little promise of loving each other forever and ever. On the other hand, you can promise something to your best friend. We all want to be happy in life, and these days are not just for the people in love but for friends to strengthen their bond as well. So, if you have someone special then great but if you don’t then worry not. Celebrate this day with your friends with a promise of being happy in any condition. In addition, friendship is the start of any relationship, they say. And, it should be that way, indeed. All the probable lovers, take that as a cue, because no matter you find a love mate or not, but you shall always have a true friend backing you in difficult times. So, in conclusion, use The Promise Day to pledge to value friendship, and your friends. Also, try and keep that friendship with your partner as well!

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Kiss Day

Background

Cultural connotations of kissing vary widely. Depending on the culture and context, a kiss can express sentiments of love, passion, romance, sexual attraction, activity, arousal, affection, respect, greeting, friendship, peace and good luck, among many others. In some situations, a kiss is a ritual, formal or symbolic gesture indicating devotion, respect. The word came from Old English cyssan (“to kiss”), in turn from coss (“a kiss”). The concept of a kiss is everywhere in society and has many meanings. A first kiss. A formal kiss. A passionate kiss. A kiss goodbye.

Kiss Day

Kiss Day in Valentine’s Day

The sixth day of Valentine week is here, and it is Kiss day. One of the most modern days which lovers celebrate and get a golden opportunity to express their love with a sweet gesture. Try the delicate expression of love on this Kiss day and turn this day into a romantic and memorable event. Kiss is one of the most loving gestures which is passed on to a particular person who holds a great significance in their life. Kiss symbolises trust, loyalty, affection and much more. Love can be expressed in many ways, and one of the best forms is kissing.

Forms of Kisses

Kiss is a delicate expression, so try and cherish those romantic moments in your life. There are different types of kisses which including forehead kiss, lip kiss, French kiss, lip-to-lip kiss, passionate kiss, naughty kiss, tease kiss and much more.

French Kiss is probably the most famous kiss; the French kiss is an open-mouthed kiss where one person’s tongue touches the other person’s tongue. Also called a “tongue kiss”, the French kiss easy enough to execute, but it can take years to master. In an Eskimo kiss, Two people rub their noses back and forth against each other. It’s based on real kisses that people in Eskimo cultures give their friends. Just like with lip kisses, Eskimo kisses are best executed with your eyes closed.

Another type of kiss is the butterfly kiss. To give someone a butterfly kiss, get close to them, so the tips of your eyelashes are touching theirs. Then blink very fast, so your eyelashes flutter together like butterfly wings. It’s a fun, cute thing to do while you’re catching your breath from more traditional kisses. You can also give someone a solo butterfly kiss
by fluttering your eyelids against their cheek.

World Records on Kiss Day

How much kissing can be competitive is shown by world records. Competition to hold the record for the longest kiss is rife – on 6-7 July 2005 the record was set in the UK at 31 hours and 30 minutes.  Then on Valentine’s Day 2009 Nikola Matovic and Kristina Reinhart from Germany set a new record of just over 32 hours.

On 13 February 2011, a Thai couple, husband and wife team Ekkachai and Laksana Tiranarat locked lips and began their quest to break the longest kiss record.  After 46 hours and 24 minutes, they claimed a new record for the longest kiss.

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