February is a dedicated month of love with the fourteenth being Valentine’s Day! Couples of all age groups are dipped in the tradition of cakes and flowers, dates and dinners and are in the spirit of celebrating their love for each other which is absolutely romantic. However, do you know the history of this concept and where did it come from?
Valentine is a concept that was born in AD 269 where Saint Valentine of Rome was imprisoned for ministering to Christians who were persecuted under the Roman Empire. In the process of all of it, Saint Valentine fell in love with his jailor’s daughter and wrote her a letter just before he was executed. The letter read, ‘Your Valentine’, one of the most romantic actions ever taken! He was also believed to have performed weddings of Christian soldiers who were forbidden to marry and thus became one of the binding forces for people in love! Such was the beautiful history of this wonderful concept of Valentine.
Trickling down to the current day and age, Valentine’s Day has become more of a marketing gimmick by brands, restaurants, social media and has managed to create a vibe of compulsion when it comes to celebrating this occasion. Due to its over-hype, youngsters feel the pressure to buy a gift for their loved one or go out of their way to arrange a surprise of love even if they do not have the means to do so. Finding this peer pressure-absolutely unnecessary, I personally feel that every occasion can be celebrated and enjoyed in the way you want to rather than what is expected of you.
Valentine’s Day is a dedicated day to love, passion and togetherness and that could be celebrated at home with a hand-cooked meal, watching a movie and binging on some popcorn, or even taking a long walk in the park. It doesn’t necessarily have to be actions that require a huge amount of finance. It is important to be happy in your own skin and most importantly have a partner who understands that about you.
Going out of the way to make your loved one feel special is one of the most generous acts but if you feel the pressure and are anxious about it by the end, it isn’t worth it. Always remember, you do you. Never fall prey to what your peers are doing and never take any pressure of being expected to do so. Believe in your love and share it along because there is no better gift than giving your loved one a beautiful memory!