Thursday April 2, 2020

Origins of Valentine’s Day: rooted in violence and blood

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Today is February 14 and it is Valentine’s Day. Call it an ill effect of market driven economy or ongoing globalization, Valentine’s day has become an occasion of global celebrations. Even the cultures and communities that have otherwise no links to Valentine’s Day have also adopted it. Take for example, India: a country with glorious traditions, a leader in spirituality and sanatana dharma. has fallen to commercial forces of Valentine’s Day. Celebrating Valentine’s Day is considered a marker of modernity. However, majority of people do not even know about its origin and what exactly does it stand for.

Let us go into a bit of history and delve into origin and journey of Valentine’s Day. The article taken from National Public Radio (USA) tells us that in ancient Roman times, February 13 to 15 were observed as the feast of Lupercalia. It adds: “The men sacrificed a goat and a dog, then whipped women with the hides of the animals they had just slain”.

Sometime along the way, Roman kings executed 2 men named valentine on February 14 on two different days of history. The Church however gave a religious tone to these executions, transforming them to Saints, hence the name St Valentine. Also, the Normans celebrated Galatin’s Day around the same time. Galatin literally means ‘lover of women’ and over time, it was likely confused with Valentine’s day.

With Hallmark company of USA starting printing cards for this day in 1913, the commercial onslaught began and the World has not been same since then. Today Valentine’s Day churns out a 18 Billion dollar business.

To read the whole article and educate yourself on the dark side of Valentin’s Day, go to NPR.

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Top 5 Experiences Everyone Should Experience Once in Their Lifetime

Nobody should miss out these everlasting and joyoud experiences in their lifetime

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People experience feelings of regret for many different reasons but one common reason why people feel regret is because life is so fast. Pixabay

You’ve heard people use the phrase “life happens,” and boy does it. Life is something that’s so precious, yet it can be taken away from us in the blink of an eye. Death isn’t something people like to think about too often, and understandably so, but death is also something that’s inescapable. Because death is inescapable, it’s all the more reason why you should live your life to the absolute fullest.

As you go about your daily life, can you honestly say that you’re happy with where you are in life and have had memorable experiences? If you’re like most people, you’ve had some memorable life experiences but there are probably some life experiences you haven’t had and wish you had. Everyone feels that way about a lot of things, and as common as this feeling is, regret is one of the worst feelings a person can ever experience.

Living a Life of Regret

People experience feelings of regret for many different reasons but one common reason why people feel regret is because life is so fast. Ultimately, regret is a feeling you have due to missing some type of opportunity. Whether it was a job opportunity or asking your crush on a date, regret is something that no one should take a chance on. 

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Falling in love is a beautiful feeling and a memorable experience. Pixabay

Regret is the very reason to live your life to the fullest. Now, in order to do that, you first have to pay attention to the things happening in your life and the opportunities being presented to you. In doing that, you also sometimes have to create your own experiences as well. 

Everyone isn’t going to have the same perspective as you on lots of things but there are certain experiences that everyone should have at least once in their lifetime. And even with those experiences, no one person will have the same viewpoint or perspective… everyone’s perspective will be different but there’s no denying that everyone should have these experiences once in their lifetime.

Experiences Everyone Should Have Once in Their Life

Falling in Love

As cliche as it may sound, falling in love is one of the most wonderful feelings in the world. Unfortunately, everyone doesn’t take the opportunity to experience it. Why is it that people seldom experience love? Well, to experience love means that you have to open yourself up and make yourself emotionally vulnerable… people aren’t so willing to put their vulnerability on the line like that. 

The thing that scares people about opening yourself up to love is the fact that it also leaves you open to experiencing a world of hurt too, and that’s what people are afraid of. Everyone wants to know what it takes to have a long-lasting relationship but at the same time, no one wants to have their heart broken.

If you find yourself falling in love, there are signs to tell if you’re falling in love with the right person, according to Elite Daily… it’s all about how your significant other makes you feel.

Some people are immediately able to pick up on these signs and be able to tell that they’re with the right person… that ability doesn’t come as easy for others and they end up loving someone who isn’t right for them. It’s nothing to be ashamed or embarrassed of though. As the saying goes,

“Tis better to have loved and lost than to never have loved at all.”

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Learning a musical instrument is an experience nobody should miss out. Pixabay

A Solo Trip

If you’ve never been on a vacation by yourself, you absolutely have to. Just make sure that your solo trip is a stress-free vacation. The best thing about solo trips is that you have the freedom to do whatever you want. So whether you want to have a relaxing trip full of spa visits or an exciting weekend full of hiking adventures and sightseeing, the only way to experience true peace and the ability to move at your own pace while traveling is if you travel by yourself.

Learning a Musical Instrument

How many times have you admired people who play musical instruments? All the time! Whether you see someone playing the guitar or the piano, their musical skills are definitely something to envy. 

The awesome thing about people who play musical instruments is that their talent and skill set isn’t just reserved for them. If you want to learn how to play a musical instrument, you have the freedom to do so. You can enroll in music lessons and be the musical talent you’ve always envied. 

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Live By Yourself

Living by yourself is a form of freedom that not too many people get to experience in their lifetime. Whether you’ve lived at home with your parents, had roommates, or lived with a significant other, living alone is one of the most freeing feelings. Not only does it put you on the road to self-discovery but it also is one of the biggest ways to find out how independent and self-sufficient you are. Everyone should experience this once.