Valentine week: 8 days upheld to celebrate romantic love, friendship and devotion. Named after Saint Valentine, it is a traditional holiday honouring St Valentine or Valentinus, a Roman priest in the 3rd Century. Legend had it that while being imprisoned for marrying off Christians couples against the then Emperor Claudius II wishes, Valentine started to care for his jailor’s blind daughter and he cured her. That his final act before being executed was to write her a love message signed ‘from your Valentine’. The saint was martyred about AD 269 and buried on the Via Flaminia. Though Valentine’s Day is celebrated as a tribute to him on February 14 each year, it was not until much later, that the day became associated with love. During the Middle Ages, it was commonly believed in France and England that February 14 was the beginning of birds mating season which added to the idea that the middle of Valentine’s Day should be a day for romance. And it wasn’t until 200 years later after his execution that 14 February was proclaimed to be Saint Valentines Day.
Valentine’s day in contemporary days is mostly related to romantic love with millions of cards, flowers and chocolates being exchanged each year. Though expressing love is not limited to Valentine’s day alone, but following the tradition, most people would like to cherish this day for the entire year and hence a complete week is celebrated before celebrating Valentine’s day and thus, the concept of Valentine’s week has come over years. Valentine week starting from February 7-14 provides an occasion for lovers to express and celebrate their love and affection with their better half starting with Rose Day. Followed by Propose Day, Chocolate Day, Teddy Day, Promise Day, Kiss Day, Hug Day, and ending with the much awaited– Valentine’s Day. So, what do all these days signify and why is it widely celebrated, read on.
Rose Day:February 7
The corny week of Valentine’s Day commences with the rose day, where people celebrate to express their love by giving roses to their loved ones. Get ready to burn your pockets this day onwards!
Propose Day:8 February
You have a specific day to confess your love and probably asks him/her to be yours! Take this as an opportunity to express your love, in case you’re in love with someone for a long time but haven’t had the valour to propose them. You might wanna plan an outing then.
Chocolate Day:9 February
Chocolates are one sugary way to enhance the essence of a relationship, especially when it comes to expressing your love. Who doesn’t love chocolates? Give me chocolate anyday please!
Teddy Day:10 February
Normally females are very fond of teddy or any soft toys in that case. So Pave your way into her heart by sending some adorable teddies.
Promise Day:11 February
Love is more than just rainbows and unicorns, it comes with its share of responsibilities and commitments. Promise day gives you with this opportunity to resolve all differences and make concrete resolutions towards your relationship. Go ahead, make your promises. The ones you can keep!
Kiss Day:12 February
Kiss day falls on the sixth day of Valentine’s week. Couples take it as an opportunity to express their love with not just gifts but gestures as well. And why not, Kissing is a form of expression.
Hug day:13 February
A hug is yet another form of expression to showcases love, affection and a lot of protection towards your soulmate. Nothing beats the warmth and tingle you get while you’re being hugged tightly. Hugging can be such a great stress buster!
Valentine’s Day:14 February
Love can be crazy and fun, full of agony yet ecstatic at the same time and put you in that happy-sad mood almost at the same time. While we can all pretty much recognise the weight of emotions associated with love, putting those feeling into words can get difficult. Make that move to create an unforgettable day this Valentine’s day. Remember, One thing we all know is that whether you’ve loved and won — or loved and lost, it’s always worth it.
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