Valentine Day is celebrated all over the world on February 14, every year. Valentine Week is celebrated mainly among the youngsters with great joy, excitement and enthusiasm who are in Love, relationship and friendship. It is when you express your love to that someone special. You get to enjoy seven days during Valentine’s week, which includes Rose day, Propose Day, chocolate day, Teddy Day, Promise Day, Hug day, and Kiss Day followed by the big day – Valentine Day!
The celebration of Valentine’s Day in India began to become popular following the economic and social liberalisation. Various social and religious group have condemned Valentine’s Day as an unwelcome influence of western culture on our Indian traditional culture. Some also consider this a scam by corporations for their economic gain, as India is a supermarket for their business.
Many Schools and religious leader also celebrate this day as “Parents Worship Day (Mata Pita Pujan Diwas) ” to celebrate with our traditions and Cultural Values.
Valentine Week 2018 begins from February 7 as Rose day to February 14 as valentine day. Every day of Valentine Week is celebrated in a special way representing a special event to be celebrated to make the Valentine Week special in every possible way.
In Hinduism, there is a god of love called Kamadeva, who wields a bow of flowers and it is believed couples stuck by his arrows fall in love. All those who are in love wait for this day to impress their loved ones and make them feel special.
Celebration Everyday in Valentine Week
Valentine’s Week has its own significance among the youngsters. During this week each day is celebrated in a different way to express their feelings.
- Rose Day – 7 February
- Propose Day – 8 February
- Chocolate Day – 9 February
- Teddy Day – 10 February
- Promise Day – 11 February
- Hug Day – 12 February
- Kiss Day – 13 February
- Valentine’s Day – 14 February
Youngsters express their feelings to the one they love.
Meaning of Valentine’s Week Day-wise
The Valentine’s Week begins on February 7 with the Rose Day. On this day, Wish someone a Happy Rose Day with a rose that conveys your feelings. This day gives people a reason to share some love with each other by exchanging this beautiful flower. While the red one is obviously in demand, as lovers exchange the same to express their feelings, Rose Day also extends to friends, who usually share yellow roses with each other on this day.
Type of Roses and Their Meanings
Red Roses – The red rose, undoubtedly, signifies an expression of love. Red roses mean romance go hand-in-hand. When words fail you, say it with a red rose.
White Roses – The calming colour white stands for purity, innocence and humility. White roses are ideal for a new relationship or marriage.
Yellow Roses – Yellow is an expression of exuberance and friendship. Send a bunch of yellow roses for a close friend on Rose Day.
Pink Roses – If you want to express gratitude, pink is the colour to choose.
Orange Roses – Orange stands for enthusiasm and passion.
Lavender Rose – this rose conveys enchantment. It also means ‘love at first sight’.
Propose day is the second day of the valentine week. February 8 is Propose Day, which is the apt occasion to walk up to the person you love and declare your feelings for him or her. On this day large number of youngsters gives roses to propose their girlfriend, boyfriend, relative and friend. Several people also use this day to propose marriage to the person they love.
As the name suggests, the third day of the valentine week leading up to the festival of love is dedicated to chocolates. February 9 is the day all about chocolates. Chocolate Day is the perfect reason to make an impression with something sweet. Chocolates and candies are age-old gifts for first dates, anniversaries, weddings and more. So this Friday, let your loved ones know how much you care for them with chocolates.
An adorable teddy bear is the cutest way to let others know how much they mean to you! Gift them one on this Saturday, February 10 to celebrate Teddy day, and see the huge smile on their face. Teddy Day is made for all those who love these adorable soft toys.
On the 11th day of February, couples take the oath that “Promises are never meant to be broken.” Commitments are pledged by the loved ones all over the world on this special day. The day you make meaningful promises of love and trust to your loved ones for a prosperous relationship. A relationship is long-lasting only if its base is strong enough to make it sail through the rough waves of reality and commitments constitute the base.
What’s better than a tight warm hug “Jaadu ki Jhaapi”? Sometimes a hug will say what words can’t. Go ahead and make sure you hug your friends, parents and loved ones this February 12. A hug has the power to make things right and make people feel loved and cared for.
The day just before Valentine’s Day is celebrated as Kiss Day, on February 13 every year. A kiss represents the feelings of love, affection and respect. The Kiss Day is a day of expression of your passionate feelings for each other.
A kiss is the expression of our souls and each kind conveys a different feeling. You will kiss your lover much differently than that of a dear friend. Here is the list of the many ways:
- The Forehead Kiss
- The French Kiss
- The Single-Lip Kiss
- The Hand Kiss
- The Earlobe Kiss
- Lingering Lip Kiss
- The Cheek Kiss
- The Peck
- The Air Kiss
The most-awaited day of February! Valentine’s Day is celebrated on February 14. This Day is celebrated in honour of Saint Valentine, a 3rd-century Roman saint associated with courtly love. Valentine’s Day is dedicated to love and romance.
Parents Worship Day
As Valentine Day is not an Indian festival and we have different festivals for different social relations in our culture, so many religious leaders and political parties oppose this Western Culture festival.
In 2012, religious leader and preacher Asaram Bapu said that 14 February should be observed as “Parents Worship Day”. He said instead of protesting against Valentine’s Day and causing law and order problems, youth should be given an alternative.
In 2015, the state of Chhattisgarh officially declared 14 February every year to be Parents’ Day or Matru-Pitru Divas. On this day, parents are invited to school and students pray to them.
Is Valentine Week Harming Indian Culture?
In India, public display of affection such as holding hands or kissing is considered unacceptable. Following the economic liberalisation in the early 1990s, a new middle class emerged who could afford access to foreign TV channels and card shops. Valentine’s Day became popular among this middle class, but not much in the lower economic classes.
Many young and working Indians live away from their families. This gives a choice in their relationships. The interest in dating sites has also increased the showoff for such relations. Commercial establishments have attempted to cash in on this new sub-culture.
Unrequited love is sometimes met with harassment, which is known by the euphemism “eve-teasing” and occasionally it becomes more violent. There have also been acid attacks.
There have been protests against the celebrations by groups who consider it as a western influence. Almost every year, law and order problems occur on 14 February in many cities in India due to protest and clashes of the different mindset of the people.
We wish you and your loved ones a Happy Valentine Week and celebrate the way, which seems good for you and your culture!