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Valentine's Day - Legends, Significance, Celebration and Gift Ideas

Updated on December 23, 2020
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Rajan is a botany and chemistry major. He has worked as a poultry breeder for 23 years, breeding layer and broiler parents.


About Valentine's Day

February 14, all across the world, every year, is celebrated as Valentine's day. Also called Saint Valentine's day or the Feast of Saint Valentine, this day is celebrated to honour the Christian Saint Valentinus. Gifts in the form of flowers, candy, cards and the like are exchanged between loved ones and friends.

Though the actual history of Valentine's day is shrouded in mystery, the month of February has for long been celebrated as the month of love and romance right since the Middle Ages. Three saints named Valentine are recognized as being honoured by associating their name with the celebration of Valentine's day. All the three saints were martyred.


Legends Associated With Valentines Day

According to one legend, Valentine was a priest in Rome who was martyred for flouting the orders of Emperor Claudius II, by performing marriages of young men. He was put to death for this.

The second legend has it that when an imprisoned Valentine fell in love with the jailor's daughter, he wrote a letter to her and signed it as "from your valentine". He was put to death.

The third legend says that Valentine was probably killed since he helped Christians escape from Roman prisons, where they were mercilessly tortured.

Whatever be the truth behind these legends, it is interesting to know that Saint Valentine comes across as a hero and a romantic figure who captured the hearts and minds of young lovers.


Significance Of Valentines Day

Love is something that gives meaning to life. Without love, there can no peace and life not worth living either. Though the celebration of love should not be limited to a particular day or moment, the fact is that our lives have become very hectic. In the mad rush for existence, we do not spare enough time and thought for love.

In light of this, Valentine's day assumes all the more important as it gives everyone an opportunity to express their love for their loved ones. Though primarily related to celebrating this day with our better half, it now encompasses the celebration of love with all those we love, be they, parents, siblings, teachers or friends.

Some Valentine's Day Gift Ideas

I'm sharing some gift ideas for your loved ones in your life. I hope you like them.

  • Chocolates

    These are one of the most common Valentine's days' gifts. It goes without saying that most of us love chocolates. So go ahead and give the love of your life some chocolate treat.

  • Flowers

    Flowers too are one of the most sought after and appreciated traditional Valentine's day gifts. Guys do not lag far behind girls in appreciating a gift of flowers. You can gift flowers to your dad, mom and friends, too.

  • Cards

    Another great gift idea for Valentine's day.

    What a better way to express one's feelings by giving a beautiful card that expresses your innermost feelings of love.

    You can even gift a handmade card if you so prefer.

  • Heart-Shaped Gifts

    The heart is the most common symbol of love, so gifting of heart shaped keepsakes will delight your loved ones no end.

    Jewellery boxes, momentos, photo frames, figurines and other heart shaped keepsakes can be worthwhile choices.

  • Jewellery

    Guys and girls both love to receive jewellery as Valentine's day gifts. One can choose from rings, earrings, chains, anklets to bracelets for gifting. Fashion jewellery is a cheaper but nonetheless beautiful option.

  • Soft Toys

    Another traditional gift idea that is popular and much loved.

    Teddy bear, Tweetie, Winnie the Pooh, dolls, heart shaped cushions, bunny rabbit, etc, all make wonderful gifts.

  • Champagne/wine

    To celebrate Valentine's day gift a bottle of your loved one's favourite wine or champagne. Other treats like chocolates can go well with this gift.

  • Dinner By Candlelight

    Another romantic idea for your loved one. Whether to prefer to dine at home or go to an expensive restaurant is your choice but just spending some precious time together with your loved one will increase the joy of this day so much more for you both.

Valentines Day In India

Valentine's day has been celebrated in India only since recent years. Today's youth loves the feeling behind this festival which celebrates love. Many groups here see this celebration as a cultural conversion and are opposed to its celebration.

However, a large number of people come out to celebrate Valentine's day. The euphoria starts many weeks before the D-Day. Card and gift shops are decorated with Valentine's day symbols of cupid, roses and heart-shaped balloons. Fun competitions and discount coupons are distributed in big malls.

Malls, multiplexes, restaurants, pubs, discos, pizza parlours all have a busy time gearing up to this occasion as people throng to these places to celebrate. Chocolates, cards, candies, soft toys, flowers and other gifts are exchanged with loved ones. A lot of fun and frolic goes on to the accompaniment of music as well.

Some Interesting Valentines Day Facts

  • Approximately 150 million Valentines day cards are sent every year. This makes it the second most popular card-sending holiday after Christmas.
  • More than 36 million heart-shaped boxes of chocolate are sold each year on Valentine's day.
  • Every year, over 50 million roses are gifted on Valentine's day.
  • Men constitute 73% of people who buy flowers, while 23% of them are women.
  • 85% of all Valentines are purchased by women.

How modern Chinese celebrate China's Valentine's day, the Qixi Festival

© 2013 Rajan Singh Jolly


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    • rajan jolly profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      7 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

      Thanks Jennifer, I'm glad you enjoyed the info. Thanks for stopping by.

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      Jennifer Essary 

      7 years ago from Idaho

      I love learning about India. I'm glad Valentines Day is celebrated there, the world can always use more love. Thank you for sharing : )

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      7 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

      Thanks Chris.

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      carolina muscle 

      7 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      Thanks for this-- an interesting hub. I enjoyed it!

    • rajan jolly profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      7 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

      @ Mary - Thanks for the visit and sharing.

      @ Cyndi - Glad you liked it. Thanks.

      @ Kathyrn - You're welcome. Thanks.

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      7 years ago from Windsor, Connecticut

      It is always interesting to hear how people from another culture celebrate holidays. Thanks for letting us know!

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      Cynthia B Turner 

      7 years ago from Georgia

      Interesting that Valentine's Day has become such a popular celebration in India. Enjoyed reading about it along with your list of things to buy. The edible body paint was interesting and the champagne a great idea.

      Take care.

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      Mary Craig 

      7 years ago from New York

      Your hubs never cease to amaze me. You start with a simple premise and build it into a wonderful hub. The background about the "St. Valentines", the gift suggestions, and the information about Valentine's Day in your country. Really impressive Rajan.

      Voted up, useful, interesting and shared.

    • rajan jolly profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      7 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

      Thanks shai.

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      7 years ago

      Love hearing about different ways people celebrate, especially world-wide celebrations. Thanks for the great info.

    • rajan jolly profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      7 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

      @ Girish - I rally appreciate your comments and thanks for the visit.

      @ Marlene - I'm glad you enjoyed the info on valentine's day. Many thanks. Happy Valentine's Day to you as well, my friend.

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      Marlene Bertrand 

      7 years ago from USA

      Happy Valentine's Day, rajan jolly. I never knew about the legends behind this special day. Also, I really enjoyed the video - learning about the Chinese tradition of celebrating Valentine's Day. It looks like a fun event.

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      Girish puri 

      7 years ago from NCR , INDIA

      Rajan, thank you so much for sharing the various facts about Valentine's day. This is the latest festival added in India. And i don't think adding any thing good for life, should be resisted, as it is happening in some parts of India. Very useful hub, Thanks.

    • rajan jolly profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      7 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

      Arun - appreciate your comments.

      Peggy-thanks for being here and I wish you and your too a happy Valentine's Day.

      Ishwaryaa-Thanks for giving it a read and passing it on.

      Rasma-glad you liked it. Thanks.

      Nithya- thank you.

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      Nithya Venkat 

      7 years ago from Dubai

      Great information on Valentine's Day and celebrations in India. Voted up.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      7 years ago from Daytona Beach, Florida

      Voted up and interesting. Thank you for taking me on a Valentine's journey. Enjoyed this. Great video. Passing this on.

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      Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 

      7 years ago from Chennai, India

      A wonderful hub filled with engaging facts & trivia! Once again, you did a great job! Well-done!

      Thanks for SHARING. Useful, Awesome & Interesting. Voted up & shared on Facebook

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      Peggy Woods 

      7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Rajan,

      Those are some interesting statistics regarding things purchased during Valentine's Day and also the history behind that assigned date. Wishing you and yours a Happy Valentine's Day however you choose to celebrate it. Up, useful and interesting votes plus sharing.

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      7 years ago from KOLKATA

      Young generation in India will also be in a state of euphoria on the special day.Thanks for sharing the current issue0

    • rajan jolly profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      7 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

      @ Devika - thanks.

      @ Carol - Glad you like it. Thanks.

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      carol stanley 

      7 years ago from Arizona

      As always an interesting hub. I always enjoy learning about traditions in your country. There are so many different stories about this holiday. Thanks for sharing and I will too and vote up.

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      Devika Primić 

      7 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Brilliantly put together, and this is such a mystery too thanks for enlightening me on the is special day.


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