Everything you need to know about Valentine’s Week 2023
by Urwashee Saxena
Valentine’s week is coming soon. But do you know everything about Valentine’s Week? Wise people say if we wish to enjoy something to the fullest, first we need to know everything about it. So, to make your Valentine’s Day 2023 extra special, we have curated an entire blog dedicated to everything you should know about the most anticipated week around the world –Valentine’s Week 2023.
If you have someone special in your life then this blog is going to make your Valentine’s Day one of the most memorable days of your life for you. But if you don’t have someone in your life yet, don’t worry, Cupid is readying his juiciest arrow for you, so sit back tight and get ready to take a plunge deep in the lake of love.
So, what is a Valentine’s Day or Week? Why are we celebrating Valentine’s Day? What’s the story behind Valentine’s Day? I know you may have many questions floating in your head right now. Don’t worry, every question will be answered in this blog.
Let’s get started!
1. What is Valentine’s Week?
Valentine’s week is a special week of the year that is dedicated to the lovers of the world. Every year, lovers from all over the world get ready to express their love and affection to their loved ones in the month of February. Each day of this week is dedicated to a different way of expressing love. These days are Rose Day, Propose Day, Chocolate Day, Teddy Day, Promise Day, Hug Day, and Kiss Day. This week is concluded on the last day of Valentine’s Day on the 14th of February.
By the names of this week, you might have received the idea of how each day is celebrated. If you haven’t then don’t worry, we will dive deeper into this topic later in this blog. Valentine’s Week is no less than any other celebration of the year. It is widely celebrated in many countries and by people of various religions. Basically, when it’s about a celebration of love, religion, caste, race, or color don’t matter at all.
This is the beauty of Valentine’s Week. It is the celebration of love.
2. Why is Valentine’s Day celebrated?
Well, there’s no one answer to that question. Because the origin of Valentine’s Day is still vague. However, there are several beliefs that claim to be the real reason behind the celebration of this special day. Surprisingly, none of these beliefs explains the romantic aspect of Valentine’s Day.
One interesting story is about a Roman festival called Lupercalia. It was celebrated in mid-February as a sign of the coming Spring season. The day was celebrated by making pairs of men and women. Women were awarded men by lottery. Since the festival was focused on fertility rites, love, affection, and intimacy were the biggest part of it.
But the festival was forbidden by Pope Gelasius I by the end of the 5th century. The Pope replaced Lupercalia with St. Valentine’s Day. Hence, the story of St. Valentine’s Day goes way back.
One of those stories suggests that a priest named Valentine was martyred by the emperor Claudius II Gothicus in 270 CE. Famous folklore says that the priest had befriended the blind daughter of the jailer and cured her blindness. Before dying, he wrote a letter to her and signed it, “from your Valentine.”
Another story tells that there was a bishop by the name of St. Valentine who lived in Terni, Italy. Just like this, there are several stories are running around from city to city, house to house, that explain the origin of this day of love. But at the end of the day, why does it matter? All you need is a heart full of love to celebrate this day.
3. Where is Valentine’s Day celebrated?
Initially, Valentine’s Day was only celebrated in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Britain, France, Argentina, and South Korea. In the Philippines, Valentine’s Day is celebrated as the common wedding anniversary of thousands of couples in the country. As many couples choose this day to get married. Don’t be shocked if you see thousands of newly married couples in the streets of Philippines on the Valentine’s Day.
Now, Valentine’s Day is celebrated in almost every country around the world. Valentine’s Day is not limited to romantic couples only. People celebrate love and affection with their parents and friends as well. Hence, everyone who has love in his/her heart is celebrating this day.
4. How is Valentine’s Day Celebrated?
Can anyone teach a lover how to love?
Every lover invents her own language of love and celebrates each moment in her own way. This is the most amazing thing about love. Despite being the most common emotion among billions of people around the world, it is still unique for each one of us.
But there are some common ways in which lovers show their love to each other. The most common is gifting chocolates and flowers to their lovers. The most common color on this day is either red or pink. And everything about this day is in the shape of hearts – chocolates, gift boxes, candies, pillows, you name it.
Let me tell you what couples usually do on this day to make it more memorable. The day starts with some beautiful flowers and a box of fine chocolates. Remember, Valentine’s Day cards are not old-fashioned. They are still a very huge part of this day. Writing a genuine emotion on a card makes the gift more personal. It goes a long way, trust me.
Anyways, the rest of the day couples spend quality time with each other. Either by watching a favorite movie together, or doing nothing just cuddling all day long. Some might want to go crazy a little and go on an adventure trip.
In the evening couples go on a romantic dinner date while wearing clothes that they gifted to each other. The dinner contains good food, good wine or champagne, good music, a slow dance, and lots of conversation.
If a dinner date is not your thing, then you can go on a romantic holiday together. Go to a nice place, book a beautiful room in a nice hotel and just enjoy a romantic day with your partner.
As far as Valentine’s Day gifts are concerned, the most common gifts are a piece of jewellery like a ring or a pair of earrings will always work on her. A beautiful dress is always the right choice. If you could find a nice pair of shoes for her then consider yourself lucky.
If you’re buying a Valentine’s Day gift for him then the most common gifts are a shirt, a pair of nice shoes, men’s jewellery is quite famous too, maybe a jacket is a perfect choice for him.
Don’t worry too much while selecting a gift. Just calm down and think of the most important things in your loved one’s life. Then work your way around what they care about the most in their lives. If you could find a gift that could make their lives a little better than my friend, you have found the best Valentine’s Day gift for him/her.
Since the Valentine’s Day is not limited to romantic couples only, many people celebrate it with their children, parents, and friends as well. Some children celebrate it with their friends as well. If you can figure out a personal gift for them then it’s great. If not, then you might want to go with flowers and a box of chocolates. Trust me, everyone loves chocolates.
5. What are the days in Valentine’s Week 2023 and how to celebrate them?
As we have mentioned early in the article, there are seven days in Valentine’s Week followed by the 8th day of Valentine’s Day. Each day of Valentine’s Week is a gentle progression towards the big day of Valentine’s Day. So, by celebrating one day at a time couples reach the final day of celebration of love. Those who are not couples yet can also follow this progression of celebration to express their love for each other eventually.
|1st Day of Valentine||Rose Day||Tuesday||7th February 2023|
|2nd Day of Valentine||Propose Day||Wednesday||8th February 2023|
|3rd Day of Valentine||Chocolate Day||Thursday||9th February 2023|
|4th Day of Valentine||Teddy Day||Friday||10th February 2023|
|5th Day of Valentine||Promise Day||Saturday||11th February 2023|
|6th Day of Valentine||Hug Day||Sunday||12th February 2023|
|7th Day of Valentine||Kiss Day||Monday||13th February 2023|
|Valentine’s Day||Valentines Day||Tuesday||14th February 2023|
Here are the days so Valentine’s Week 2023 and how they are celebrated.
Day 1 – Rose Day – 7th February 2023
The beginning of Valentine’s Week is quite gentle. It starts with a day of Roses. On this day, lovers gift beautiful roses to each other. Roses are considered flowers of love. The crimson-red color and bewitching fragrance are associated with the feeling of being in love. Hence, the first step is a symbolic expression of love.
Those who aren’t in a committed relationship yet also put the first step forward by gifting a rose to the person they are in love with. They that person accepts then they can move on to the next day.
Day 2 – Propose Day – 8th February 2023
Loving someone is good. Showing love is great. But expressing love is truly divine. To celebrate this divinity, the Day 2 of Valentine’s Week is celebrated as Propose Day. Lovers from all over the world express their love to each other. They surrender themselves in front of their loved ones and present themselves in the most vulnerable state. Far away from any complexities, they confess their love in the most natural form possible.
This day is also a starting day of many newly formed relationships. Thousands of new couples move towards the next days of Valentine’s Week.
Day 3 – Chocolate Day – 9th February 2023
To celebrate the new-found love what could be a better option than an intoxicating flavor of rich chocolates? Celebrate the love with a box of the finest chocolates with your loved one. Apart from being among the most famous desserts, chocolates have a special reputation among lovers.
The same chocolate that you eat after dinner tastes different in the arms of love with a glass of wine. Gourmet chocolate can turn into an intoxicating substance if consumed in a warm embrace. This is the power of love. Savor it one piece at a time and let it melt away.
Day 4 – Teddy Day – 10th February 2023
There’s nothing childish in gifting a Teddy Bear to your lover. Instead, it is a gesture of gifting a part of you to make him/her think of you. A lover is always yearning for togetherness with their beloved. A teddy bear eases the pain of distance for lovers. It has the warmth of their lovers, it has the fragrance of their lovers, and they can hug it, and cuddle with it while they daydream about being with their lovers. Therefore, the idea of a part of you being always around your lover is comforting. Hence, a Teddy Bear is crucial in a passionate relationship.
Day 5 – Promise Day – 11th February 2023
A promise is sacred in love. To celebrate this sacred bond this day is all about making a promise to your loved ones. But what is the promise? Well, it could be anything. It depends from person to person. It is less about what the promise is, and more about taking responsibility and committing oneself to a person. Responsibility makes a lover morally responsible for each other. It comes with a sense of duty towards each other.
Day 6 – Hug Day – 12th February 2023
After connecting a sacred bond of promise the relationship moves forward with a step toward intimacy. The painful yearning comes to end. Finally, the day comes when she wraps him around in her arms and the whole world stops for a moment. Time stops running. The wind stops blowing. Not a whisper in the world. The divine song of two heartbeats beating in unison plays. That’s it there’s nothing more to explain about this moment.
Day 7 – Kiss Day – 13th February 2023
After an entire day from the first embrace, lovers finally let their guards down and kiss each other. At this moment they go beyond the boundaries of time and space. With every stroke of lips, they move further away from the realm of mortals and tread toward the plane of eternity. This is a feeling that is hard to explain in words but can only be experienced. One thing is sure about this day, the lovers face each other in the most vulnerable state. They accept each other’s true selves and move further in their relationship.
Valentine’s Day – 14th February 2023
Sometimes all it takes is a moment to fall in love. But it may take months or years to confess this love to the loved one. But somehow if the love is powerful enough, it finds ways to slip out. Once it’s out, you have to confess it. On the other side of the confession is waiting for the most amazing part of your life.
After an entire week of a slow and steady progression of celebration of love. Finally, lovers reach on the day of Valentine’s Day, a day when they accept – I’m yours and you’re mine. This might seem like an end to a wonderful week. But it’s not. It might be an end of a week but it is the beginning of a wonderful life ahead. So, get ready to celebrate your love with your loved ones this Valentine’s Week, 2023.
To all the lovers in the world, wish you a very Happy Valentine’s Day 2023 from the entire team of Viraasi.