Valentine’s day can be celebrated in many different ways. Some people choose to have a sexy surprise for their loved one as depicted in the video above. Others like a discreet small gift. Others still will go to great lengths using elaborate setups and people as shown in the hockey fan marriage proposal video below. All to prove your love.
For thousands of years couples have had to wait until their anniversaries to celebrate their love. Single people roamed the world free to never feel lonely or depressed. With the advent of Valentines day couples have a whole new day to prove their love for one another.
Romantic Dating Tips:
Check out these romantic dating ideas and make your date a roaring success:
I am there, I am not
One of the oldest tricks in the book is to show the person you date how busy you are. Men or women, both sexes love to date someone who’s rare and outta ordinary. Showing yourself as a busy person makes it seem you are taking time from your busy schedule to meet your date and that’s what makes you special. It’s showing your partner how lucky he/she is to have you there as a date. The perception will be – if your time is important, you’re important. Simple tricks to do this are – Talking over the phone only for a short time and hanging up first after a conversation; keeping the appointments to some other convenient time of yours( ex: “I’m occupied that day, I can’t make it. If you don’t mind…let’s see…what about Thursday? I’m free then.”) and not calling your date constantly. Never seem too available.
Keep youself occupied
Keep yourself busy before your date. Thinking about your date over and over again can complicate the situation and make you goof it all up. Don’t wait all day to attend your date, rather see it as another event that may work out or maybe not.
Be on Time
Being punctual is the greatest tip for people of both sexes. Be on time for your date. It’s real bad manners on your part to turn up late and let your date wait anxiously. It makes you seem rude and an insincere person to have a relationship with.
You read it right. Be yourself while you date. Making an impression upon your date and be in your best self is okay but trying to be someone else is not. You can never really measure up to your partner’s ideal and even if you do, you can’t manage to do it forever. You’ll only get yourself stuck in a role-playing that will increasingly become difficult and irritating for you. Eventually your partner will see through your deception and be offended by your dishonesty.
Accept compliments with grace
Men often complain how women can’t take a compliment properly. This is the chance for all you women to prove ’em wrong. If he tells you that you look lovely in that dress, return his compliment with a simple, “Thank you”. Do not contradict him or go into the details of the dress to justify your beauty for it will be embarrasing, for him as well as for you. Just accept his compliment with grace. It’ll show him that you know you you look great. He’ll appreciate your grace and be impressed with your self-confidence and ease with yourself.
Talking about last boyfriend, fiancé or husband is a strict no-no for women on the first few dates. This is because when a woman talks about her ex, men usually assume that she is still bitter and angry about being dumped. Guys don’t like such an emotional baggage and there goes kaput your chances of a second meeting with him.
Stick to positive subjects
While dating, your partner is bound to ask you some personal questions out of curiosity. Your answers should be brief and to the point. But talking too much about how much of a pest your boss is or why you just can’t patch up with your estranged father can be repulsive to your date. Pouring your heart out is okay, but not early on in a relationship. Your complaints and anguish can make your partner feel that you’re not happy with yourself. How can you make him/her happy then? So, stick to positive subjects while you date.
Express Your Opinions Honestly
Sharing the same views as your date can be great to win him/her over but that doesn’t mean you have to be servile and say ‘yes’ when you want to say ‘no’. It can flatter your date to an extent but that will soon turn to boredom and irritation when he’she realizes you are impossible to have an intelligent conversation with. Stand firm on issues that are important to you, but don’t contradict just to show you are strong. Also, don’t argue just to prove you’re right. Converse cooly and honestly. You’re going on a date, not a debate.
Finally, never compare your dates in your mind. “Jane is lovely, but Joanna was sweeter or John is charming though Jack was more dashing” is the wrong approach to dating. Remember, going on a date means you’re checking out a person not a product that you can buy. Each person has his/her own specialities and hence, comparing them would be inappropriate. Just give some time to your date and see what type of a person he/she is. The more you know your partner, there are chances of your discovering better things about him/her that you’d probably never have ever dreamt of.
Ideas for Valentine’s Day
Numerous early Christian martyrs were named Valentine. The Valentines honored on February 14 are Valentine of Rome (Valentinus presb. m. Romae) and Valentine of Terni (Valentinus ep. Interamnensis m. Romae). Valentine of Rome was a priest in Rome who was martyred about AD 269 and was buried on the Via Flaminia. His relics are at the Church of Saint Praxed in Rome, and at Whitefriar Street Carmelite Church in Dublin, Ireland.
Valentine of Terni became bishop of Interamna (modern Terni) about AD 197 and is said to have been martyred during the persecution under Emperor Aurelian. He is also buried on the Via Flaminia, but in a different location than Valentine of Rome. His relics are at the Basilica of Saint Valentine in Terni (Basilica di San Valentino).
10 ideas for this special day:
Create a LoveSpace
A splendid idea on Valentine’s Day is to open your heart to your sweet one and let know your feelings for her. An easy way to do this would be to create a “lovespace”. If you are not already registered to myspace, you can sign up for a free account and within minutes you’ll have a page dedicated to your sweetie. Keep it focused on romance with weekly love notes, romantic poems, and photos. You can even add a romantic love song that she loves very much in your ‘lovespace’. That way she will get to listen to her favorite song whenever she visits the page! If you both are private persons and don’t like to let the world know about your relationship, you can sure make the page private. That way you’ll also feel free to open your heart and write about your inner feelings without a care.
Send an e-Card
You may have doubts whether sending an e-card will not be an impersonal way of communicating with your special someone. But trust us, this is a great way to add a little romance to your sweet one’s day. Browse the various free e-card sites, such as DeepestFeelings.com, for a gamut of romantic e-cards ranging from the funny ‘n flippant to the poetic and passionate. It is even better if you can send a personalized message with your card and sites like DeepestFeelings lets you do that. Put in a bit of thought to your message and rather than ending it casually, think deep and write from the heart. It will work wonders with your lover. Imagine your sweet one’s delight on finding a cute, romantic e-greeting with a romantic message in his/her inbox on Valentine’s Day. Doesn’t that seem great?
Make a Video
Another splendid idea is to make a short video declaring your love for your honey. If you have a camera phone or a webcam at your disposal, you can easily make a video and upload it online in sites like YouTube for free. You can then send a link via email to him/her to check out your valentine video! If you don’t prefer a public declaration of your love, you can keep it personal and have a private viewing of your video with your sweetheart who’ll surely love the idea.
A nice tip is to use windows movie maker in your video-making.
Buy roses for your love
This one is specially for men. Buy a dozen roses for your sweetie, hide them in different spots of a place like a park or a mall. Invite her and hide in some nearby spot from where you can watch the proceedings. Arrange a person to hand over a rose to her as soon as she arrives. Attach a note to it informing her where to find the next rose. This should be the case with each rose and the last one should lead her to you waiting with a bouquet of flowers. You should take the authorities into confidence for this plan to work out smoothly. Thereupon, treat her to a sumptuous lunch/dinner.
Treat your honey to a romantic dinner by candle-light. That doesn’t mean you don’t have to take your sweetheart to a posh restaurant and spend a lotta bucks. Rather, you can arrange your own candle-lit dinner at home. Cook up a splendid dinner together. Even a simple pasta would work; buy dessert from the bakery in the grocery store. Set the table; create a romantic atmosphere with candles, sweet snacks and wine. Have soft romantic music playing in the background, and dim the lights so that it’s mostly the candles lighting the room. Then dress up and “attend” the dinner walking up to the table hand in hand with your love. You’ll be amazed how much more fun it gives to have a candle-lit dinner at home. Once dinner is over, dance slowly to your song. Then snuggle as you watch a romantic flick together.
Prepare a dessert
This one is specially for the ladies. Invite your honey and treat him to a dessert dish. Find out about the favorite dessert of your partner and prepare it yourself on Valentine’s Day. Even if it doesn’t turn perfect and your cooking skills don’t prove amazing, he’ll pleasantly surprised and love you for your serious attempt.
Balloons in the car
Sneak into your sweet one’s car while he/she is busy at work and fill it with roses and balloons upto the roof. Also leave a note inside telling how much your sweetheart means to you. It will amaze and touch your love to no less measure.
Walk on the beach
Take a ride to a secluded beach at sunset and park your car nearby. Slip your hand into your partner’s and take a stroll along the beach bare foot, watching the sunset together. It will be better to stay awhile after the sunset and enjoy the sight and sound of the waves crashing into the shore, as the water covers your feet. Look up at the starry sky and feel the magic of the universe.
Have a beach-dinner
If you can arrange it, treat your love to a candlelit dinner under the stars, preferably to the accompaniment of some music playing off somewhere in the background. You can arrange it all near a lake or pond to make the ambience even more romantic. To top it all, you can rent a small boat and row it after dinner to go out to the middle of a lake and watch the stars.
Believe it or not, writing love letters is still as cool. Yes, the world may have changed and e-mails and text messages may be the order of the day, but a passionate letter of love still posseses that eternal charm and out-of-the-world romanticism which many would die for. So put your pen to paper and pour your feelings out for the love of your life. Say in simple words what your sweetheart means to you, and how your life has changed since his/her arrival. Then hide it in some spot where your sweet one is likely to lay his/her hand soon. Don’t worry if you’re not too good with words, your sweetheart will surely appreciate your gesture. Your effort will culminate into a moment which both of you’ll treasure forever, trust us.
The Catholic Encyclopedia also speaks of a third saint named Valentine who was mentioned in early martyrologies under date of February 14. He was martyred in Africa with a number of companions, but nothing more is known about him.
No romantic elements are present in the original early medieval biographies of either of these martyrs. By the time a Saint Valentine became linked to romance in the 14th century, distinctions between Valentine of Rome and Valentine of Terni were utterly lost.
In the 1969 revision of the Roman Catholic Calendar of Saints, the feast day of Saint Valentine on February 14 was removed from the General Roman Calendar and relegated to particular (local or even national) calendars for the following reason: “Though the memorial of Saint Valentine is ancient, it is left to particular calendars, since, apart from his name, nothing is known of Saint Valentine except that he was buried on the Via Flaminia on February 14.” The feast day is still celebrated in Balzan (Malta) where relics of the saint are claimed to be found, and also throughout the world by Traditionalist Catholics who follow the older, pre-Second Vatican Council calendar. February 14 is also celebrated as St Valentine’s Day in other Christian denominations; it has, for example, the rank of ‘commemoration’ in the calendar of the Church of England and other parts of the Anglican Communion.
“I love you” in so many languages
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Say I love you in many languages:
- Afrikaans – Ek het jou lief
- Albanian – Te dua
- Arabic – Ana behibak (to male)
- Arabic – Ana behibek (to female)
- Armenian – Yes kez sirumen
- Bambara – M’bi fe
- Bangla – Aamee tuma ke bhalo baashi
- Belarusian – Ya tabe kahayu
- Bisaya – Nahigugma ako kanimo
- Bosnian – Volim te
- Bulgarian – Obicham te
- Cambodian – Bung Srorlagn Oun (to female)
- Oun Srorlagn Bung (to male)
- Cantonese/Chinese – Ngo oiy ney a
- Catalan – T’estimo
- Cheyenne – Ne mohotatse
- Chichewa – Ndimakukonda
- Corsican – Ti tengu caru (to male)
- Creol – Mi aime jou
- Croatian – Volim te
- Czech – Miluji te
- Danish – Jeg Elsker Dig
- Dutch – Ik hou van jou
- Elmer Fudd – I wove you
- English – I love you
- Esperanto – Mi amas vin
- Estonian – Ma armastan sind
- Ethiopian – Ewedishalehu : male/female to female
- Ewedihalehu: male/female to male.
- Faroese – Eg elski teg
- Farsi – Doset daram
- Filipino – Mahal kita
- Finnish – Mina rakastan sinua
- French – Je t’aime, Je t’adore
- Gaelic – Ta gra agam ort
- Georgian – Mikvarhar
- German – Ich liebe dich
- Greek – S’agapo
- Gujarati – Hu tumney prem karu chu
- Hiligaynon – Palangga ko ikaw
- Hawaiian – Aloha wau ia oi
- Hebrew – Ani ohev otah (to female)
- Hebrew – Ani ohev et otha (to male)
- Hiligaynon – Guina higugma ko ikaw
- Hindi – Hum Tumhe Pyar Karte hai
- Hmong – Kuv hlub koj
- Hopi – Nu’ umi unangwa’ta
- Hungarian – Szeretlek
- Icelandic – ï¿½g elska ï¿½ig
- Ilonggo – Palangga ko ikaw
- Indonesian – Saya cinta padamu
- Inuit – Negligevapse
- Irish – Taim i’ ngra leat
- Italian – Ti amo
- Japanese – Aishiteru
- Kannada – Naa ninna preetisuve
- Kapampangan – Kaluguran daka
- Kikongo – Muke zolaka nge
- Kiswahili – Nakupenda
- Konkani – Tu magel moga cho
- Korean – Sarang Heyo
- Latin – Te amo
- Latvian – Es tevi miilu
- Lebanese – Bahibak
- Lingala – Nalingi yo
- Lithuanian – Tave myliu
- Macedonian – Te Sakam
- Malay – Saya cintakan mu / Aku cinta padamu
- Malayalam – Njan Ninne Premikunnu
- Maltese – Inhobbok
- Mandarin Chinese – Wo ai ni
- Marathi – Me tula prem karto
- Mohawk – Kanbhik
- Moroccan – Ana moajaba bik
- Nahuatl – Ni mits neki
- Navaho – Ayor anosh’ni
- Nepali – Ma Timilai Maya Garchhu
- Norwegian – Jeg Elsker Deg
- Pandacan – Syota na kita!!
- Pangasinan – Inaru Taka
- Papiamento – Mi ta stimabo
- Persian – Doo-set daaram
- Pig Latin – Iay ovlay ouyay
- Polish – Kocham Cie
- Portuguese – Amo-te
- Romanian – TE IUBESC
- Roman Numerals – 333
- Russian – Ya tebya liubliu
- Rwanda – Ndagukunda
- Scot Gaelic – Tha gradh agam ort
- Serbian – Volim te
- Setswana – Ke a go rata
- Sign Language – ,,,/ (represents position of fingers when signing ‘I Love You’
- Sindhi – Maa tokhe pyar kendo ahyan
- Sioux – Techihhila
- Slovak – Lu`bim ta
- Slovenian – Ljubim te
- Spanish – Te quiero / Te amo
- Surinam – Mi lobi joe
- Swahili – Ninapenda wewe
- Swedish – Jag alskar dig
- Swiss-German – Ig liebe di
- Tajik – Man turo Dust Doram
- Tagalog – Mahal kita
- Taiwanese – Wa ga ei li
- Tahitian – Ua Here Vau Ia Oe
- Tamil – Naan unnai kathalikiraen
- Telugu – Nenu ninnu premistunnanu
- Thai – Chan rak khun (to male)
- Thai – Phom rak khun (to female)
- Turkish – Seni Seviyorum
- Ukrainian – Ya tebe kahayu
- Urdu – mai aap say pyaar karta hoo
- Vietnamese – Anh ye^u em (to female)
- Vietnamese – Em ye^u anh (to male)
- Welsh – ‘Rwy’n dy garu
- Yiddish – Ikh hob dikh
- Yoruba – Mo ni fe
- Zimbabwe – Ndinokuda