Before Valentine’s day, what happened? After Valentine’s day, what next? this is the question crossing my mind……………….
Valentine’s Day is a holiday celebrated on February 14. In North America and Europe, it is the traditional day on which lovers express their love for each other by sending Valentine’s cards, presenting flowers, or offering confectionery. The holiday is named after two among the numerous Early Christian martyrs named Valentine. The day became associated with romantic love in the circle of Geoffrey Chaucer in High Middle Ages, when the tradition of courtly love flourished.
Valentine’s Day does not seem to be confined only to western culture. In China The Night of the Sevens is dedicated to Love. In Japan and Korea a day known as White Day is celebrated a day after Valentine’s Day in honor of the young and love.
In USA Miss Esther Howland was the first one to send a Valentine’s card. Her father owned a stationery store and sales boomed. During the 19th century commercial valentines came to be introduced. Today the day and date means big business. Even children are exchanging cards at school. Since 2001 Greeting Card Association has started giving an annual prize –Esther Howland Award – for the most innovative card.
Right now, I’m thinking of men, of women; I’m thinking of lovers, I’m thinking of marriages; I’m thinking of how many ‘I do’s’ we have in the guinness book of world records; I’m thinking of homes, I’m thinking of Husbands and their Wives, I’m thinking of children and their parents; I’m thinking of brothers and sisters, of friends, everyone, today trying to express(verbally or in kind) some kind of love to each other which they didn’t express last year, last month, last week, not even yesterday, neither the day before, and perhaps for which there is no hope for expression of such love tomorrow and the next day after, next week, next month, next year, and no-time in the unforseen future..
Should the world have just one day for Love? Should a family have just one day for love? In a whole year of 365-days, why do some husbands ‘love’ their wives only on February 14th, why do some wives love their husbands only on February 14th? Why is the expression of love limited only to February 14th? whats the use – February 14th?
I think otherwise – I believe that everyday should be a day of Love. Love should be celebrated on a daily basis, as far as matters of the heart are concerned.
anyway, since the whole world is celebrating February 14th, let the balls continue to roll.
I just downloaded a nice e-book(pdf), titled: Love Letters, by Ebehard Arnold and Emmy von Hollander. Heres an intro:
Everyone’s looking for true love, but few people seem willing to work at making it last. With separation and divorce so commonplace that most people see them as inevitable, it seems the very idea of marital commitment is fast becoming a foreign one. What’s gone wrong?
On Good Friday 1907, in the German university town of Halle, a young couple sealed their secret engagement with a kiss – and a vow to follow God wherever he led them. They were passionately in love, yet they rejected romance as the basis of their relationship, building instead on the promise of Jesus’ words, “Seek first the kingdom of God.” Circumstance (and scandalised parents) kept them separated for most of the next three years. But that separation bore its own fruit: an intense exchange of letters.
and heres another one, how to say I Love you in different languages.
Wishing you a Happy Val…..,
but as I was saying, After Valentine’s day, what next?