Love has always been the greatest gift given to mankind. Compared to it all other emotions seem secondary or mundane. Indeed, love is considered to be the grandest emotions of all. Love makes people more considerate, understanding and empathetic of one another. It makes people even ready to give their all for the ones they love. Legends and folklores from all over the world abound with tales of self-sacrificing love and lovers who faced and battled great odds for the sake of their love. “Romeo and Juliet,” “Laila and Majnu,”, and “Anthony and Cleopatra” are some of the finest examples of exemplary love that almost everyone is familiar with. Love occupies the highest position of reverence among all people, and this lofty emotion is celebrated and honored on Valentine’s Day throughout the world.
The main feature of the occasion is the exchange of greeting cards or love notes which are known as “Valentines.” Doves, heart-shaped cutouts, and the figure of Cupid, the Roman god of love are also popular symbols of the occasion. Boys usually prefer to present Valentines Day flowers to their girlfriend as a symbol of freshness that they have brought into their lives. It is considered that when Cupid’s arrow hits any person, he or she will fall hopelessly and madly in love with the next person they meet.
The exact origins of Valentine’s Day are still unknown. Some historians believe that its origins lie in the Roman festival of Lupercalia, a pagan fertility festival that used to be celebrated in February every year. But some others are of the opinion that it was named after a Christian martyr named St. Valentine. In those days the occasion was associated with different types or ideals of love.
On the day of the festival, lovers all around the world exchange romantic gifts with each other. Red roses, the symbol of passionate love and emotion are among the most commonly exchanged gifts on Valentine’s Day. Roses are considered to be the most prominent gifts which are given to your loved ones on a Valentine’s Day. In fact, heart shaped arrangement of Valentine flowers is considered to be the best gift for your sweetheart. Boys don’t usually associate themselves much with flowers or are often embarrassed to receive them. We should always celebrate Valentine’s Day to share love and the feelings in our hearts.