Every year on 14th February, people all over the world celebrate Valentine’s Day by exchanging gifts and flowers to express their love for their loved ones. According to facts approximately 141 million Valentine’s Day cards are exchanged annually, making Valentine’s Day the second most popular card-sending holiday after Christmas.
Origin of Valentine’s day
There are several people associated with tradition of Valentines, in the history. Most popular story is of a priest who served as priest during the reign of Claudius II in third century AD. Claudis II ordered to ban marriage for young men as he thought single men can be good soldiers than married ones. But Saint Valentine rebelled against this law by arranging marriages for young men. When Claudis II discovered about his actions, he ordered to put him to death.
According to another tradition St. Valentine was a bishop who was executed for his beliefs in Christianity and just before he died, he left a farewell note for a loved one and signed it “From Your Valentine.”.
Another tradition says that Valentine’s Day grew out of a old European tradition of celebrating February 14 as the day “the birds began to pair.”
Some historians say that Valentine celebrations are taken from the ancient Roman Festival of Lupercalia, a fertility celebration that used to be observed annually on February 15 by Pagan people. But after the rise of Christianity in Europe, it was renamed and dedicated to the early Christian martyrs.
Valentine’s day is celebrated enthusiastically in Euorpe and USA, More than 200 million roses were produced for Valentine’s Day in 2011, according to latest estimates people are planning to spend $3.5 billion on jewelry, spent $3 billion last year; $1.6 billion for clothing and $1.5 billion for clothing last year on this eve.
After the advent of internet and cable televison, this western tradition is also becoming immensely popular in Asian and African continents too. Youngsters flock around gift shops to buy cards, flowers and chocolates and Heart shaped balloons. There are hundreds of websites are developed to send romantic cards to loved ones.
In Pakistan, most people and especially religious circles have a negative opinion regarding this day. They consider tradition of Valentines day dedicated to expression of love between a boy and a girl. However there is an opposite opinion stands juxtaposed, Valentine’s day can be celebrated this day in a different way, as this is a day dedicated to love, it is ridiculous to limit love to a girl-boy relationship. Love is a universal phenomenon, love can be between mother and son, father and daughter. So instead of celebrating day celebrate love by sending cards and messages to family members and other relative.
Valentine’s Day is a constructive tradition to celebrate and to commemorate lovely moments and to ensure these for future too.