14 February 2020
Bhubaneswar: The day to celebrate love is here. Every year on February 14 people all over the world celebrate this day by sending messages of love and affection to their partners.
Valentine's Day is named after Saint Valentine, a Catholic priest who lived in Rome in the third century AD. Rome’s ruler back then, Emperor Claudius II, had banned marriage because he thought married men were bad soldiers. Valentine felt this was unfair, so he broke the rules and arranged marriages in secret.
When Claudius found out, Valentine was thrown in jail and sentenced to death.
There, he fell in love with the jailer's daughter and when he was being taken to be killed on February 14 he sent her a love letter signed "From your Valentine".
Gradually, St Valentine's name started to be used by people to express their feelings to those they loved.
The manner in which we see the event being celebrated today began in early 18th Century. Cards, chocolates, roses, jewellery are few of the most common gifts exchanged on this day. Couples mostly spend the day together filled with love, laughter and good food.
Another popular Valentine's Day activity is to indulge in a luxury hotel stay in a romantic location, allowing a couple to get away from it all and enjoy some quality time together. Marriage proposals are also popular on Valentine's Day, and it is often chosen as the perfect day to express their love and commitment.