What would Saint Valentine make of the February 14th celebration?
The story goes that saint Valentine performed the marriage ceremony for soldiers who were forbidden to marry and was sent to prison more that 2000 years ago-,that he should be remembered now is in itself a miracle of sorts and that the whole world erupts in a profusion of love , emotion , roses and chocolates is another matter.
If I remember right the Valentine’s Day celebrations came to India a few decades ago. Probably a smart marketing mind thought of a plan to use this occasion to kick-start a sort of mini gift industry that seems to be growing every year despite some boring people saying it is not Indian tradition blah blah..
For the younger generation it is a god sent opportunity to take their love story ( at whatever point it may be) forward and express feelings without awkwardness as a certain quantum of madness is forgiven on this day.
What do you gift your loved ones from wives to girlfriends can be quite a problem for the unimaginative. But there are those that revel in this task and go to great lengths to present a gift that would have special meaning and that’s the key to great gifting I think. Can it have a special meaning that is only known to the receiver?
Gifts create more joy and excitement when there is a surprise element, an unexpected gift, at an unexpected time from an unexpected person has the power to make one feel special and happy.
So go ahead and wrack your brain for that perfect gift that will be filled with hidden meaning and mystique. And pull out all the stops when it comes to expressing yourself .
All the best and happy Valentine ’s Day to all