13 February, 2006

Cupid Strikes Back!

Valentine's day is around the corner. Happy Valentine's day wishes to all fellow bloggies! Historical background and actual meaning of the world as taken from answers.com:
 
val·en·tine (val'?n-tin') -
n.
    1. A sentimental or humorous greeting card sent to a sweetheart, friend, or family member, for example, on Saint Valentine's Day.
    2. A gift sent as a token of love to one's sweetheart on Saint Valentine's Day.
  1. A person singled out especially as one's sweetheart on Saint Valentine's Day.

[After Saint VALENTINE.]

WORD HISTORY   Lovers and the greeting card industry may have Geoffrey Chaucer to thank for the holiday that warms the coldest month. Although reference books abound with mentions of Roman festivals from which Valentine's Day may derive, Jack B. Oruch has shown that no evidence supports these connections and that Chaucer was probably the first to link the saint's day with the custom of choosing sweethearts. No such link has been found before the writings of Chaucer and several literary contemporaries who also mention it, but after them the association becomes widespread. It seems likely that Chaucer, the most imaginative of the group, invented it. The fullest and perhaps earliest description of the Valentine's Day tradition occurs in Chaucer's Parlement of Foules, composed around 1380, which takes place “on Seynt Valentynes day,/Whan every foul cometh there to chese [choose] his make [mate].”

[-] Wish no moral policing tortures to lovers on valentine's day this year. God damn those idiots in India! ( Three instance so far reported in web about moral policing from TOI, WebIndia and CNN IBN
[+] Swingers Dance school in Bangalore has special plans for ballroom dance on that day. Thought about it, not at all interested to attend a valentine's party as stag. ;) Chalo. May be later...
 


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3 comments:

Ghost Particle said...

I hate valentines day...anyway! Happy Valentines day saty!

Barbienan said...

I feel nothing to hate abt anytihing..This is Just another day..But named and used for commercial businesses. Anyways happy valentine's day for all those who has wonderful partners

Nirek said...

Agree with fact that valentine's day is invented and promoted for commercial sake!
@Gp, thanks bro. wish u meet ur gal soon, then u wont call it a bad day either
@nandhini. whats plans for the day in hungary? hope u r hving fun there