As the world celebrates the Valentine’s Day or the day of love on February 14, falling on Saturday, a weekend, the day may get further boost, if the moral police elements of pro-Hindu groups who were drubbed in Delhi elections remain indoors brooding over the tragedy.
Legend goes that Saint Valentine of Rome was imprisoned for performing weddings for soldiers who were forbidden to marry. From the prison he was able to heal the daughter of his jailer, Asterius. Before he was executed, he wrote a letter to her signed “Your Valentine” as a farewell.
Though there are numerous versions to the origin of the Valentine’s Day, the tradition of expressing one’s love with a greeting card has become customary in many cultures and countries, including India.
Valentine’s Day was able to catch up in India with MTV channel telecasting live programs and holding love letter competitions since 1992. The momentum came with the economic liberalization and the greeting card industry gearing into action.
But Hindu conservative groups like Shiv Sena and the Sangh Parivar have asked their followers to shun the holiday and the “public admission of love” that they termed “alien to Indian culture”.
In February 2012 Subash Chouhan of the Bajrang Dal warned couples that “They cannot kiss or hug in public places. Our activists will beat them up”. He said “We are not against love, but we criticize vulgar exhibition of love at public places”.
Another reason they opposed the new trend was the fear that it could destroy the Hindu tradition, where mostly arranged marriages are the norm and family structure is adhered t strictly.
However, Valentine’s Day has caught on with the trend though few incidents of violence do take place on the day.
Here is a list of Valentine’s Day greetings to wish your love or spouse:
“My rose is red… Our love is true… I wanted to wish you a Happy Rose Day too.”
“On this special day I want to say grow old along with me, the best is yet to come. Will you spend the rest of your life with me? Happy Propose Day sweetheart!”
“Life is like a box of chocolates. Each chocolate is like a portion of life. Some are crunchy, some are nutty, some are soft, but all are delicious. Enjoy Chocolate Day!”
“You’re in my thoughts and in my heart wherever I may go on Teddy Bear Day I’d like to say I care more than you know.”
“Love is a promise, love is a souvenir, once given never forgotten, never let it disappear.”
“Let me live and die in your arms. Just like this, let me continue to love you. Let me live and die in your arms.”
“My love for you grows more with each passing day, the thought of your gorgeous face takes my breath away. Those brown eyes fill my soul with happiness, those luscious lips I love to kiss.”
“Have I told you recently that I love you? Well, just in case I didn’t, today I want to say it over and over and over again, I love you on this Valentine’s Day.”
Some of the gifts presentable on Valentine’s Day:
Some of the popular gifts on the day include an engagement ring or a promise ring.
An articulate message in a greeting card.
Single Rose flower gift-wrapped.
Pack of chocolates or mints.
A soft, adorable teddy bear.