Valentine’s Day has finally brightened up everyone’s day today. Not to mention, those who have someone special are preparing for it in full swing whereas the people without a Valentine are going to spend a usual Friday or weekend.
It wouldn’t be wrong to say that Valentine’s Day has faced a lot of criticism, especially in conservative societies. Whether it is permissible to celebrate the day or not seems unclear to date. Not everyone is aware of the story and events behind Valentine’s Day.
Thereby, in today’s post, we are going to explore why the 14th of February is considered an important day and why Valentine’s Day has been celebrated with zeal over the decades.
How you can celebrate Valentine’s Day?
If you haven’t prepared for Valentine’s Day, here are fun and quick ways to do last minute preps.
A homemade card for your loved one showcases how much you value them. You can express your emotions and feelings, writing quotes or poems. You can add glitters or stickers to make it relatable for the occasion in a fun way.
Cook with your Partner
Cooking food helps strengthen your bond with your partner. You can choose something that you both enjoy. While you are cooking, discuss how you appreciate their presence and how they have influenced your life.
If you have plans to go out for a fancy dinner, spend a reasonable amount of time dressing up and look your best. Valentine’s Day is a great day to take photos and make memories.
Relax at Home
This idea sounds best for adult couples who work all week and want to have a relaxed evening. You can watch a romantic movie with your partner, order food and seal the night with chocolates.
Valentine’s Week List
Did you know expressing love and affective not limited to one day? The love or Valentine’s week starts from 7th February and lasts till 14th February. The week begins with Rose Day which leads to Propose Day, Promise Day, Teddy Day, Chocolate Day, Kiss Day Hug Day, and finally ends on Valentine’s Day.
Valentine’s Day & Islam
Christians and followers of different faith join in celebrating Valentine’s Day every year on the 14th of February. Muslims, on the other hand, don’t share a common position in this regard. Some of the Muslim clerics don’t see any problem in the celebrations of Valentine’s Day whereas others considered it forbidden.
Some of the Clerics also maintained that our Holy book doesn’t contain any verse related to Valentine. Islam promotes the concept of marriage between a man and a woman and encourages maintaining peace, harmony, love, and affection between them. Well-known Muslim cleric, Mufti Ismail Ibn Musa Menk, a.k.a Mufti Menk reportedly advised Muslims to show love their wives as if it is Valentine’s Day every day.
Gifts Ideas for Valentine’s Day
Are you struggling and thinking to find the perfect gift to surprise your loved one this Valentine’s Day? Here is a list of interesting items that you may like.
Bracelet with Handwriting
Whether you want to say “I love you” or something more intense and emotion-packed, a bracelet with that phrase written on it makes the best Valentine’s Day gift.
Do you want to make your lady love to feel extra special on 14th February? You can consider a customized necklace. From rose gold to silver, the options are endless. Plus, you can find various shops online that made it according to your choice.
Custom Portrait for Couples
You can surprise your loved one with a framed portrait. Many online shops do personalized work. All you need is to send your favorite or memorable photo and get customized digital or canvas print in a short time.
Are you and your partner into zodiac reading? If yes, then simply get her a zodiac necklace this Valentine’s Day.
Movies for Valentine’s Day
Nothing sounds as relaxing as watching a romantic movie with your partner on Valentine’s Day. We have compiled a list that you may enjoy.
- To All the Boys
- The Note Book
- When Harry Met Sally
- P.S. I Love You
- The Vow
- My Secret Valentine
- Romeo Juliet
- Zombies 2
- Southside with You
- The Incredible Jessica James
Songs for Valentine’s Day
You can enjoy a long ride with your loved one listening to a romantic playlist. Here are the evergreen romantic songs that you need to spend a romantic evening.
- Ease my Mind by Ben Platt
- I Really Like You by Carly Rae Jepsen
- All Me by Kehlani
- Finally//beautiful stranger by Halsey
- Adore You by Harry Styles
- Perfect by Ed Sheeran
- Best I Ever Had by Drake
- Still into you by Paramore
- Always by Panic! At the Disco
- My Favorite Part by Mac Miller ft Ariana Grande
Cafes to Celebrate Valentine’s Day
No doubt, having a delicious meal with the one you love in a dimly lit café or restaurant seems romantic and memorable. If you have plans to take your partner out this Valentine’s Day, here are five fantastic places to visit.
Located at Khayaban-e-Muslim and Zamzama, dining at Café Chatterbox can make your day special. They have perfect ambiance and savory food items to offer.
Enjoy candle-lit dinner at The Deli. This place has a special menu to make your Valentine’s Day memorable.
A place to make your Valentine’s Day truly romantic, Café Aylanto has outdoors seating arrangements too. Simply book it and have a candle-lit dinner and choose your food from their diverse menu.
The service and ambiance have made this place popular instantly. Dar Marrakesh offers Valentine’s Day package too. So, visit the place and make your evening romantic.
The spectacular place to dine with your loved one, Petit Brugge offers a lavish décor and indoor and outdoor seating area. The food quality and service also make the perfect dinner-date place.
Express your Love
Make this Valentine’s Day as a chance to express your love. We don’t always remember to appreciate our partner and their value in our lives. If you have been caught up in a busy life and haven’t had the time to spend memorable moments with the love of your life, here’s what you need to do on 14th February.
- Take a long stroll with your partner and discuss the days when you two were met for the first time.
- Eat a delicious meal together and take this time as an opportunity to discuss the plans to create the life of your dreams.
- Express gratitude and let them know how much they mean to you.
- You can also plan a vacation together and visit a place far away from city life and its hustles.
Love your Loved Ones
A life full of love and affection is the best one. Whether you have children or not, incorporate harmony in your relationship. When love is the foundation of a relationship, you can overcome any obstacles together. Also, you can express gratitude to have loved ones in your life. If you have sisters and brothers or anyone that has completed you life, you can spend Valentine’s Day with them and appreciate their presence.
Valentine’s Day is here. This year try to make a memorable one. You shouldn’t restrict it to gift and dinner but make it a day to express gratitude and affection for everyone in your life.
Origin of Valentine’s Day
You will be amazed to know that the 14th of February is associated with Martyred Saints. The Catholic Church documents three different saints with the name Valentinus or Valentine who was martyred by their rulers. One of them served in Rome in the third century.
It is imperative to mention that Emperor Claudius II declared that single men are ideal to become soldiers as compared to the ones with wives and families. So, the Emperor prohibited young men from getting married. That is where Valentine realized the injustice and went against the law of Claudius II. He continued to pronounce secret marriages for young couples.
When the Emperor discovered the secret acts of Valentine, he ordered him to be put to death. On the other hand, most people insist that Valentine’s Day is associated with the Saint Valentine of Terni who was a bishop. The saint of Terni was also beheaded outside Rome after the orders from Claudius II.
Other stories revealed that Valentine might be killed for helping Christians to escape Roman prisons where they were tortured and beaten harshly.
One legend even suggested that imprisoned Valentine sent the first “valentine” greeting to a girl when he fell in love with her. The girl used to visit him in confinement and possibly was the daughter of the jailor. Before his death, he allegedly wrote a letter signed with “From your Valentine”, an expression that people still use widely.
There’s no evidence available about which story of Valentine is true but those events made him a sympathetic, heroic and, most importantly a romantic figure. Despite the confusion, Valentine became one of the respected yet popular saints in France and England.