Happy Valentine’s Day

A mix bouquet of yellow and pink roses mean “friendship” while the combination of red and pink roses gives the receiver message of strong romance and passion.

A bunch of red and white roses convey message of unanimity and strong relationship.

Red and yellow rose’s bouquets signify faithfulness and joyous feelings.

A bouquet of red, orange and white roses means “pure depth of love”.

White and coral flowers convey message “you are heavenly and I desire you”.

The number of flowers also has a special meaning.

A single red rose shows love, two roses in ribbon together to form a single stem represent a promise, an engagement or coming marriage.

Six roses mean I miss you.

Seven roses signify fascination.

A dozen shows thankfulness.

Eighteen roses mean, “I am sorry”.

Twenty-five shows congratulations and fifty-show unconditional love.

To convey your message knot the ribbon on the left of the flower and knot the ribbon on right side to send message about the receiver.

To receive from right hand means acceptance while with left hand means disagreement.

141 million Valentine’s Day cards are exchanged annually, making Valentine’s Day the second-most popular greeting-card-giving occasion.

More than 35 million heart-shaped boxes of chocolate will be sold for Valentine’s Day.

 

Over $1 billion worth of chocolate is purchased for Valentine’s Day in the U.S.

 

189 million stems of roses are sold in the U.S. on Valentine’s Day.

 

15% of U.S. women send themselves flowers on Valentine’s Day.

Modern Version of Valentine’s Message goes thus:

The rose is red, the violet’s blue,
The honey’s sweet, and so are you.
Thou art my love and I am thine;
I drew thee to my Valentine:
The lot was cast and then I drew,
And Fortune said it shou’d be you.

Saint Valentine’s Day, commonly shortened to Valentine’s Day, is a holiday observed on February 14 honoring one or more early Christian martyrs named Saint Valentine.  It was first established byPope Gelsius I in 496 AD, and was later deleted from the General Roman Calendar of saints in 1969 byPope Paul VI.

The day first became associated withromantic love in the circle of Geoffrey Chaucer in the High Middle Ages, when the tradition of courtly love flourished. By the 15th century, it had evolved into an occasion in which lovers expressed their love for each other by presenting flowers, offering confectionary, and sending greeting cards (known as “valentines“).

Modern Valentine’s Day symbols include the heart -shaped outline, doves, and the figure of the winged Cupid. Since the 19th century, handwritten valentines have given way to mass-produced greeting cards.

Numerous early Christian martyrs were named Valentine.

The Valentines honored on February 14 are Valentine of Rome (Valentinus presb. m. Romae) and Valentine of Terni (Valentinus ep. Interamnensis m. Romae). Valentine of Rome was a priest in Rome who was martyred about AD 269 and was buried on the Via Flaminia. Valentine of Terni became bishop of Interamna (modern Terni) about AD 197 and is said to have been martyred during the persecution under Emperor Aurelian.

On the evening before Valentine was to be executed, he would have written the first “valentine” card himself, addressed to a young girl variously identified as his beloved, as the jailer’s daughter whom he had befriended and healed. It was a note that read “From your Valentine.”

Modern times

In 1797, a British publisher issued The Young Man’s Valentine Writer, which contained scores of suggested sentimental verses for the young lover unable to compose his own. Printers had already begun producing a limited number of cards with verses and sketches, called “mechanical valentines”. Paper Valentines became so popular in England in the early 19th century that they were assembled in factories. Fancy Valentines were made with real lace and ribbons, with paper lace introduced in the mid-19th century. In the UK, just under half of the population spend money on their Valentines and around 1.3 billion pounds are spent yearly on cards, flowers, chocolates and other gifts, with an estimated 25 million cards being sent.

In the second half of the 20th century, the practice of exchanging cards chocolates  packed in a red satin, heart-shaped box. In the 1980s, the diamond   industry began to promote Valentine’s Day as an occasion for giving jewelry.

The rise of Internet popularity at the turn of the millennium is creating new traditions. Millions of people use, every year, digital means of creating and sending Valentine’s Day greeting messages such ase-cards, love coupons  or printable greeting cards. An estimated 15 million e-valentines were sent in 2010.

In India, in the antiquity, there was a tradition of adoring Kamadeva, the lord of love; exemplificated by the erotic carvings in theKhajuraho Group of Monuments and by the writing of theKamasutra treaty of lovemaking. This tradition was lost around the Middle Ages, when Kamadeva was no longer celebrated, and public displays of sexual affections became frowned upon. Around 1992 Valentine’s Day started catching in India, with special TV and radio programs, and even love letter competitions. The economic liberalization also helped the Valentine card industry. In modern times, Hindu and Islamic traditionalists consider the holiday to be cultural contamination from the West, result of the globalization in India. ThoughShiv Sena and the Sangh Parivar have asked their followers to shun the holiday and the “public admission of love” because of them being “alien to Indian culture”, Valentine’s Day is becoming increasingly popular in India.

 

 

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