Valentine's Day is a global holiday celebrated in many countries as a non-official holiday where people show love, typically romantic love for someone, but can also be to show affection of friendship or family.
Valentine's day also known as the day of love is celebrated across the world with great charisma and enthusiasm. People in India in recent years with the effects of globalization and cultural shift now celebrate Valentine's day with the same enthusiasm of western countries.
Valentine's day is all about making your loved ones happy and loved by taking them out for dates, giving gifts, watching movies or doing some fun activities together. The young couple generally celebrates this day by spending alone time with their loved ones and make each other feel special.
History of Valentine's Day
Valentine's day is celebrated more recently in many major cities in India due to the influence of western cultures in society. But in other Nations, Valentine's day has been celebrated for centuries every year on 14th February. The origin of the day of love is celebrated in the name of St. Valentine. According to several books and writings, Valentine was a priest who served during the third century in Rome when Emperor Claudius II decided that single men made better soldiers than the ones with a wife. Therefore he outlawed the marriages of young people. Valentine though did not let this order affect his beliefs or love and marriage. He defied Claudius and continued to perform marriages of young couples. One day, Claudius found out about Valentine not following his orders and therefore ordered to kill Valentine. Still, others insist that it was Saint Valentine of Terni, a bishop, who was the true namesake of the holiday. He, too, was beheaded by Claudius II outside Rome.
There are several other stories related to the reasons why people celebrate Valentine's day. But all the stories suggest that Valentine was a heroic figure and a symbol of love who with his belief in love fought against Claudius.
How Do People in India Celebrate Valentine's Day
Valentine’s day a few years ago was unknown to the majority of people in India. In recent years, due to civilization and modernization, young people have started celebrating a day of love that we call Valentine’s day with similar customs around the world. Valentine's day is becoming more popular year after year especially between young people who express their love and care for their partners by going out with them for dinner, movies (especially love stories), fun activities, clubs and concerts.
On this day, shops are decorated with chocolates, flowers, teddies and other customized gifts which loved ones give to each other. Some people spend time with their loved ones and also sit in open spaces and gardens. Finding young people on streets wearing smart clothes with flowers and chocolates in hand is now very common in major cities in India.
There are a few concerts and events that take place on the day of 14th February. Restaurants and bars organize parties and Valentine's theme day was a lot of young couples and even old ones come and enjoy the day by dancing with each other or by dining.
Significance of Valentine's Day in India
India is a very diverse nation with thousands of years of old traditions and cultures. According to some communities in India, roaming around or getting intimate with partners in the public area is very offensive.
Therefore, in smaller and rural areas, people are still not aware of valentine’s day or are scared to celebrate. But in major cities of India, thousands of people celebrate this day by spending time with their loved ones and make them feel special.