Valentine’s Day is considered a holiday in several parts of the world when lovers express their affection with greetings and gifts. It is also called St. Valentine’s Day. The holiday has expanded to express affection between relatives and friends. Valentine’s Day, also called Saint Valentine’s Day or the Feast of Saint Valentine, is celebrated annually on February 14. The best way to celebrate Valentine is to remember the love of God. The Bible says, ‘for God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son. It is a time of giving. Valentine reminds us of the gift of God to mankind and the true love of God in our hearts. That we have to also love the way God loves. Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonour others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.
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Cupid is often portrayed on Valentine’s Day cards as a naked cherub launching arrows of love at unsuspecting lovers. But the Roman God Cupid has his roots in Greek mythology as the Greek god of love, Eros. A pagan fertility ritual was held in February each year and the Pope abolished this festival and proclaimed 14 February Saint Valentine’s Day, thus establishing this feast day on the Catholic Calendar of Saints. The poet Chaucer in the Middle Ages was the first to link St Valentine with romantic love.
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The first Valentine’s Day was in the year 496! Having a particular Valentine’s Day is a very old tradition, thought to have originated from a Roman festival. The Romans had a festival called Lupercalia in the middle of February – officially the start of their springtime. Some popular valentine’s day traditions include exchanging gifts such as roses or chocolates, and a romantic night out or dinner. While school and college students often exchange valentine’s cards/messages and gifts that may contain chocolates and more.
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Valentine reminds us of the gift of God to mankind and the true love of God in our hearts on Valentine’s day full of treats. Here are a few yummy and delicious treats to try out and surprise your valentine with your culinary skills!
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Recipe-1] LOVE IS IN THE AIR – CANAPE CUPS
Recipe-2] SNACKY AFFAIR TO INDULGE
Recipe- 3] CHICKEN PAPARAZZI
Recipe-4] TOSS AND TURN PASTA DELIGHT
Recipe- 5] TREAT FOR THE PALATE
Recipe- 6] CHOCOHOLIC FAVORITE
Here’s wishing all our readers a very Happy Valentine’s Day!
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Dr. Kaviraj Khialani – celebrity master chef - is a Mumbai-based author, writer, academician, food –health-lifestyle coach, mentor & consultant.
He is specialized in over 33 International Cuisines & has worked with brands like the Taj Group of Hotels, Kuwait Airways to name a few. Chef Kaviraj has been awarded several Global and National Awards for his outstanding performance and achievements in his chosen field. He has been featured on Star Plus and Colors Television on several food shows as well.