Bangalore, Feb 7: The Valentine week of 2011 geared up with the rose day on Monday, Feb 7. Every year the rose day marks the start of Valentine's day celebration across the world. The fragrance of roses envelops the atmosphere on this day as the large number of youngsters give roses to propose their girlfriend, boyfriend, relative and friend.
There are different opinions regarding the origin of Valentine's Day. Some experts claim that it originated from St Valentine, a Roman who was martyred for refusing to give up Christianity. He died on Feb 14, 269 AD, the same day that had been devoted to love lotteries. [Read: 'Celebrating Valentine's Day results in rape, assault']
Some sources say that St Valentine left a farewell note for the jailer's daughter, who had become his friend, and signed it "From Your Valentine." [Read: Anti-Love Protest, Valentines Day cards burnt]
Another perspective about Valentine's day say that Saint Valentine served as a priest at the temple during the reign of Emperor Claudius. Claudius then had Valentine jailed for defying him. In 496 AD Pope Gelasius set aside Feb 14 to honour St. Valentine. [Read: Shiv Sena & others not to disturb couples on Valentine's Day]
However, it is traditionally a day on which lovers express their love for each other by presenting flowers, offering sweetshop, sending greeting cards and SMS. Modern Valentine's Day symbols include the heart-shaped outline, doves and the figure of the winged Cupid.
Valentine week starting from Feb 7-14 provides an occasion for lovers to express and celebrate the love and affection. The each day in valentine week as some significance, as the list follows.
Feb 7: Rose day
Feb 8: Propose day
Feb 9: Chocolate day
Feb 10: Teddy Day
Feb 11: Promise Day
Feb 12: Hug Day
Feb 13: Kiss Day
Feb 14: Valentine Day
Enjoy the Valentine week with OneIndia flowers by presenting gifts, roses and by sharing immense love with your beloved ones.