Celebrating Love

Valentine’s Day celebration is a recent trend in India but it has caught the fancy of teenagers and adults too. Though some see it as a practice from the western culture and hesitate to celebrate it, a growing number of people love the feeling behind this romantic festival.

The question is why only on 14th February? This could be done throughout the year. Most of the time we have a limited understanding of Valentine’s Day and narrow-minded about how we celebrate love. If you dig the history of this day, it has little to do with love and romance. There are several stories about how it began. However, today Valentine’s Day is associated with love, romance, chocolates, flowers, love, cupid and hearts etc.

It was Chaucer who first linked St. Valentine’s Day with romance around the 14th century. Chaucer composed a poem in honor of the engagement between England’s Richard II and Anne of Bohemia. “For this was on St. Valentine’s Day, When every fowl cometh there to choose his mate.”

The feeling behind V- Day is not all that bad, isn’t it? It stands for celebrating a stable and mature romance, it is not about desperately fixing a date with just anybody for the heck of celebrating Valentine’s Day. You don’t have to pair up to celebrate this day. Let’s not limit our celebration to such wrong preceptions of love.

You can celebrate love for what it is. Celebrate God’s love – God, who gives us the sun and moon, mother’s love – a mother, who sees you grow from a sweet toddler to a beautiful person, brother’s love – who sacrifices so much for you, father’s love – who is your motivation, friend’s love –who shares your joys and sorrows – the list can go on and on. Yes all this is about love. Don’t you think we need a day to celebrate these feelings of love? We do!

We celebrate the kind of love that is mentioned in the Bible in 1 Corinthians chapter 13. This Valentine’s Day, celebrate genuine love Throw a surprise party for your friends and family. Exchange gifts. Get together and have some memorable moments. And if you want to give a deeper meaning to your celebration – extend your love to those who are less fortunate. Take your friends and spend your day at orphanage or an old age home. You will experience an altogether different dimension of love.

Here’s to love and to the One who is source of all love, God almighty – Happy Valentine’s Day!

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