February fourteenth, a day associated with love; a day that brings with it a sweet flavor of romance; a day that sees people flocking shops and malls searching for the best gifts and cards for their loved ones, with the only intention of bringing a smile on the loved ones' faces. Yes, it is Valentine's Day once again and here's wishing all our readers a Happy Valentine's Day.
In fact, the exact origin of Valentine's Day is not known. It appears that the day was initially observed in honor of St Valentine who was martyred on 14th
February. However, there were more than one St Valentines martyred on this day.
Lovers are not the only ones that wait in anticipation of Valentine's Day. The romance industry probably waits for the day even more eagerly. A quick search on the net will bring up hundreds of things you can buy for your loved one on Valentine's Day. The newspapers are suddenly filled with huge advertisements of diamonds and the likes. Hotels package their stays as romantic holidays (though the stays are as romantic as any time of the year). Roses are exported and imported across countries to meet the increasing demands of the day. Some say, Valentine's Day is popularized by the romance industry to improve their sales. There are yet others who believe that there should not be any issue if someone benefits from the day.
Whether to celebrate Valentine's Day or not, how to celebrate it, these are questions best left to the individual to decide. The day should not be celebrated only because of peer pressure. If we enjoy buying the gifts, then so be it. If our idea of romance is not just buying gifts but spending more time with our loved ones, then probably our loved ones are also likely to feel the same way.
Finally, the day is about love - so long as you have managed to convey your feelings of love, not only to your lover or spouse, but also to your parents, family and all those that matter to you, you've had a good Valentine's Day.