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The Feast of Saint Valentine was established by Pope Gelasius I in AD 496 to be celebrated on February 14 in honour of Saint Valentine of Rome, who died on that date in AD 269 (WIKI).While all this may have started in Rome, Valentines’ Day is celebrated universally today. In other words, throughout the world, lovers express their feelings in myriad beautiful ways befitting their local culture. It is more important than ever that the messages of love be shared with loved ones. The pandemic has taught us how uncertain life can be & how important it is to appreciate & cherish the beautiful moments in one’s life.
Valentines’ Day is celebrated annually on the 14th of February. While there are a number of stories associated with this day, an 18th century legend has it that Saint Valentine wrote a letter to the jailer’s daughter he loved dearly and signed it as “your Valentine” prior to his execution on the 14th of February. Hence , 14th February is celebrated as Valentine’s Day.
Valentine’s Day is soon approaching. One more reason to celebrate love & friendships. There are myriad things that couples can do to make it a special celebration. The practice of gifting flowers & chocolates to loved ones and making it a special occasion is definitely a customary thing to do.Ultimately, the idea is to make a person feel special & appreciated.
Shops & e commerce sites are full of suggestions on how to make this day special. There are offers on several appropriate gifts such as photo frames, charms, lamps, sculptures, boxes of chocolates, perfumes, personal mugs and wine glasses.However, jewellery pieces such as rings and pendants are the most popular gifts.
Further, hotels and resorts advertise romantic deals & staycations. Restaurants have romantic dinner nights lined up. While you can surely enjoy buying these items or doing any of the above, we want to suggest something out of the ordinary.Memories – Let us think of unusual ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day.
Valentines’ Day is a time to sit back & enjoy your partner’s and best friend’s company. Remember, “All you need is love” !-Beatles
Have you watched the film Scent of a Woman ?Al Pacino, a, blind army man does the Tango in the movie and it is so beautiful.Why not learn the Tango or Salsa or ballroom dance?Learn to dance with your partner. Switch on some romantic music. It can be in any language. The idea is to have some fun. Let your hair down and blow your blues away. There is no age restriction.
Choose a place nearby where you can cycle at your pace. Get some fresh air.
It could become a way of life for the two of you . It is also a good way to exercise and stay fit.
Binge watching and movie marathons. Netflix, Amazon Prime, Sony and Disney Hot-star are all waiting to be explored. Choose your pick from World War 2 films,
James Bond 007 films, travel videos, spy thrillers and what have you. You can spend the entire day watching films and having popcorn.Watch a Korean, Spanish or even a Malayalam movie together. They all come with English subtitles.
Enjoy the small things. Get a recipe from the Internet and gather all the ingredients to cook a great Italian meal or a Korean meal at home. If you do not like to cook, you can always set up a romantic table in your veranda with a candle & order out your special meal.
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You may not have thought about this earlier. Learn how to play bridge on the internet or pick
up Scrabble or Wordle. It will help improve your memory & vocabulary for sure.
Just make sure you have loads of fun while spending time precious together .
Happy Valentine’s Day
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With the global spread of the Valentine Day festival, the Valentine Week has also been socialized and marketed to surreal heights. Companies are ready to sell you everything from roses to chocolates & soft cuddly teddys at the press of a button. While it is a marketing gimmick no doubt, it is perfectly fine to buy these beautiful items of love and share it with someone you love & feel romantic & young at heart.
Shakespeare said ‘If music be the food of love, play on’ and so played the Beatles Love love me do ,,,You know I love you ,,, . As a matter of fact several of the Beatle songs epitomized love during the 60s & 70s. Valentine Week is beginning.
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