It all started years back in Rome ,when emperor Claudius was boasting and reigning with incongruent 'principles' stating that only single soldiers performed better as compared to the married ones ,and so condemned the marriages of other couples. Defiant Valentine, a soldier under the emperor who opposed this and secretly wedded thousands of couples was prisoned and sentenced to death.It was to commemorate him ,express gratitude and also patronize love ,that the Valentine's day is celebrated even today every year in the month of February.
What started as a celebration for 'couples 'mainly ,later had a newer perspective too. Why should Valentines day only be restrained to' couples or lovers '?Love need not be implied in only a certain way and is unconditional and can have an unblemished form.I observed that my son's school(a Kindergarten ) ,they have a celebration on Valentine's day and the preparations precede 1 week before itself ,with mutual exchange of 'Valentine's or cards between the friends and classmates and teachers and also sending cards to relatives .The cards have subtle messages depicting their innocent love towards their friends ,parents relatives and teachers who have filled their lives with so much love and life.These Valentines have their favorite cartoon characters ,some flower pictures or some teddy or soft toy/ Barbie pictures for the girls.They are taught that Valentine's day is a day for 'love';to express love and gratitude to your dear ones either by your gifts ,cards or deeds.This day is dedicated exclusively to love and 'heart sign' only symbolizes that you love them from your heart sincerely.It's so nice to see these kids giving cards to their parents ,grand parents ,relatives and friends .Love can be in a pure blissful form too .
I really sympathize some activists protesting against the couples and people celebrating Valentine's day without giving them freedom of expression and thought.By this,I do not say that illegal ,indecent mannerisms should not be criticized ;but expressing a person's emotions is not to be restrained either.They criticize the western countries for being influential and inculcate nontraditional and 'culture less' customs in the Indians. Contrarily ,when I observed the customs and celebrations of 'Valentine's day 'here in the US, I realized that there was something 'good 'too about it !Every coin has 2 sides and both the sides needs to be explored ,without being judgmental about one side of it. Lets perceive this Valentine's day also with a new perspective rather than just creating a mere issue out of it!