Jamshedpur readies for Valentine's Day

Shops deck up to make Valentine’s Day special

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Jamshedpur : It is Valentine’s Day and with the whole world Jamshedpur too is celebrating the occasion. Begin the day with a happy greeting and the mood will remain with you throughout the day!

Cute teddy bears, red roses, heart-shaped chocolates and cakes, diamond jewellery, digital cameras and watches are the favourite gifts this season and almost everyone is buying something for a loved one.

Shops have been doing brisk business and have already sold most of the special gifts meant for V-Day kept in their shops. But, you can still pick up gifts throughout the day and have a special evening with a loved one.

Archie’s Gallery and Hallmark has a range of Valentine’s Day special products such as key chains, fridge magnets, soaps, pattern tins, mouse pads, pens, postcards, bookmarks, coffee mugs, lampshades, tea candles, lights and so on. This year too Archies has a range of adorable gifts that will tug at your heart strings.

Teddy bears with ‘I love you’ tags on them, books of love quotes, photo frames, heart-shaped cuddly toys, coffee mugs with smooch imprints, a teddy bear enclosed in a 22 carat gold box, love-themed snow globes of different sizes, heart-shaped trinkets and accessories and so on seem to be the hot sellers.

“When love is in the air, it’s about music, chocolate and things that are closest to your beloved’s heart. We would like personalised gifts such as innovatively choosen music, handmade cards, collages and so on,” says a teenager, one among a bubbly bunch who are busy browsing the shelves for the perfect gift.

Valentines Day, February 14, is named after a Christian martyr, named Valentine. According to Saint Valentine’s biography, the priest was also a doctor and treated patients even if they could not pay him.

During a ban on marriages of Roman soldiers by the Emperor Claudius II, Saint Valentine secretly helped arrange marriages. He was martyred for practicing  hristianity.

On the evening before Valentine was to be martyred, he passed a love note to his jailer’s daughter that read, “From your Valentine”, and hence the day got associated with love and romance. Initially, the day was marked by mutual exchange of love notes in the form of “Valentines”.

During 19th century, greeting cards replaced handwritten notes and in the second half of the 20th century, the practice of exchanging cards was extended to all kinds of mushy gifts such as roses and chocolates.

Of late, the Valentine’s Day has become an occasion for gifting jewelry. Market research substantiates that, Valentine’s Day greetings and gifts are usually exchanged by couples in love, followed by children, grandchildren and parents.

However, you can also send valentine wishes and gifts to your friends, neighbors, teachers and even your latest crush.

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