Love is meant to be celebrated and cherished every day. February, as the month of love, allows people to appreciate and find the love they desire. They go to great lengths to mark the occasion special. Some people finally get the courage to express their real emotions to the people they care about. And Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to express their love for their special ones.
Valentine’s Day is a day dedicated to love, and the entire week leading up to it is dedicated to it. Valentine’s Week runs from February 7 to February 14. People all across the world commemorate Saint Valentine’s Day by celebrating love and togetherness. So mark your calendars and be ready to tell that special someone how you feel.
Here is the complete schedule for Valentine’s week and all you need to know about each day.
Rose Day – February 7
Rose Day marks the beginning of Valentine’s Week. People give roses to their loved ones as a way of expressing their love. Each colour of a rose has its own meaning. For example, the white rose signifies purity, chastity and innocence whereas the yellow rose signifies friendship, care and remembrance. A pink rose signifies sweetness, admiration and joy whereas a red rose signifies ultimate love, passion and longing.
Propose Day – February 8
Propose Day falls on the second day of Valentine’s Week. People propose to the girl or boy of their choice on this day. If you wish to propose to someone special on this day, you can do so at a romantic place or, if you can’t find one, you can express your heart on a video call. Express your love for them and get down on one knee to tell them how much they mean to you.
Chocolate Day- February 9
Chocolate Day falls on the third day of Valentine’s Week. Chocolates are a wonderful way to express love. On this day, people forget about their problems and exchange sweet and scrumptious chocolates. Many people pamper their spouses or crushes with a box of chocolates or a mixed assortment of candies. On February 9, treat your loved ones to boxes of their favourite chocolate. Let them know how wonderful it is to have them in your life.
Teddy Day- February 10
Who doesn’t adore a soft toy that is both cute and fluffy? On February 10th, give your loved one a Teddy bear as a mark of your affection. The concept is to offer a soft toy to your loved ones as a way of expressing your love and making them happy. A cute teddy bear can brighten someone’s day and make them smile.
Promise Day- February 11
Promise Day is celebrated on February 11th. Couples celebrate the day by promising to stick together during good and bad times and to strengthen their bonds. It’s time to make some sincere vows to your partner. Tell them about the pledges you’ve made and the things you plan to accomplish for and with them until the last.
Hug Day- February 12
Hug Day falls on the sixth day of Valentine’s Week. People comfort their loved ones by hugging them on this day. When words fail to express an emotion or a challenging situation, a hug might help. So, wrap your loved one in a blanket of love and protection on this day. Make them feel valued, loved, and cared for.
Kiss Day- February 13
Kiss Day is observed on February 13, a day prior to Valentine’s Day. What words can’t say, a kiss can. On this day, lovers seal their love with a kiss. Valentine’s Week is all about expressing your love for those you care about, and the greatest way to do so is with a kiss.
Valentine’s Day- February 14
It’s finally Valentine’s Day! February 14 is dedicated to all the lovers. On this day, couples spend time together, go on romantic dates, have candlelight dinners, make romantic gestures for each other, exchange gifts, plan surprises, and more. Not simply gifts, but love, hugs, and words of comfort should be exchanged to feel closer to your significant other.
International Day of Peace 2023: All you need to know about date, history, significance, celebration of World Peace Day
The international Day of peace is associated the olive branch and dove symbols. The olive branch has been a traditional symbol of peace going back to ancient times. The dove represents peace and freedom
The International Day of Peace is celebrated all over the world on September 21. International Day of Peace is celebrated by United Nations to promote peace while stopping violence and conflicts worldwide each year. A theme is selected by United Nations that focuses on specific topics of conflict resolution and peace building.
The international Day of peace is associated the olive branch and dove symbols. The olive branch has been a traditional symbol of peace going back to ancient times. The dove represents peace and freedom. Resolution 36/67 was passed by the General assembly on September 30, 1981. The resolution called for stopping of all hostilities and global ceasefire on the day.
Hence the third Tuesday of September each year is celebrated as the International Day of Peace. The first international Day of peace was celebrated on September 21, 1982. The day marks a significant step towards raising awareness and promoting peace all over the world.
The official date was declared as September 21 in 2001. The aim of International Day of Peace aims to remind the UN’s commitment to conflict resolution and peace. The day encourages nations, communities, individuals and nations to work towards a just and peaceful world. It is an important day for promoting cooperation and understanding and promoting dialogue among countries and the people.
The United Nations believes true peace encompasses not just the absence of violence but undertakes the task of building up societies where all members feel they can flourish. It seeks to build a world where everyone is treated equally regardless of the day and their race which provides a globally shared date for all humanity to commit to peace and contributing to build a culture of peace. The United Nations Peace Bell was inaugurated at the UN Headquarters in New York City.
Happy Ganesh Chaturthi 2023: Greetings, wishes and quotes to share with your family
This year Ganesh Chaturthi begins on September 19 and it will continue till September 28, 2023.
Lord Ganesha is often prayed to by devotees before embarking on a new journey. His birthday is celebrated with great fervor and enthusiasm by devotees all over the world. According to the Hindu calender Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated every year on the Chaturthi Tithi in the Shukla Paksha in Bhadrapada month.
The 10 day festival celebrates the birth of Lord Ganesh, who is considered the god of prosperity, good luck and intelligence. This year Ganesh Chaturthi begins on September 19 and it will continue till September 28, 2023. According to Drik Panchang, the shubh muhurat for the festival are as follows:
Ganesh Chaturthi on Tuesday September 19, 2023
Madhyahna Ganesh Puja Muhurat 11:01am to 01:28pm
Duration -2 hrs 27 mins
Chaturthi Tithi begins: 12:39 pm on Septenber 18, 2023
Chaturthi Tithi ends: 01:43 pm on September 19, 2023
Ganesh Visarjan on Thursday, September 28, 2023
Here is a list of wishes, greetings, messages and quotes
- Wishing you a Ganesh Chaturthi filled with the joy of sharing and giving, as we remember Lord Ganesha’s love for modaks and his generous nature. Happy Ganesh Chaturthi.
- As we immerse Lord Ganesha in water, may our worries dissolve and our lives be filled with serenity and clarity. Happy Ganesh Chaturthi!
- Lets celebrate this Ganesh Chaturthi by embracing the idea that every obstacle can be turned into opportunity for success and growth. Happy Ganesh Chaturthi!
- On this Ganesh Chaturthi may we learn from Ganesha’s kindness and humility and become better human beings. Happy Ganesh Chaturthi!
- May Lord Ganesha’s elephant head symbolize our ability to dream without limits and think big, which inspires us to achieve greatness. Happy Ganesh Chaturthi!
- May Lord Ganesha’s divine light guide you on path of righteousness. Here’s wishing you a very happy Ganesh Chaturthi!
- Hope this Ganesh Chaturthi brings a year of happiness for you.Happy Ganesh Chaturthi 2023!
Ganesh Chaturthi 2023: Modak to Puran Poli, traditional sweets to try
As the joyful festival approaches, here are some traditional sweets that you can try during this Ganesh Chaturthi.
Ganesh Chaturthi 2023 will be celebrated on September 19. Every year, Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated to mark the birth anniversary of Lord Ganesha. The festivities usually continue for ten days and are referred to as Ganapati festival. The auspicious occasion is celebrated with various special delicacies, Ganapati aartis to appease the Lord. As the joyful festival approaches, here are some traditional sweets that you can try during this Ganesh Chaturthi.
Steamed modak: This is a quintessential dessert for Ganesh Chaturthi. The sweet is prepared with three ingredients namely rice flour, coconut and jaggery. These dumplings are known for their designs and coconut infused filling. In order to enhance the flavour and texture, modaks are usually steamed.
Coconut and sesame (til) laddoos: These ladoos are a delightful blend of flavours and texture. They are made with coconut, jaggery and nutties of til seeds. They treat one’s sweet tooth.
Puran Poli: This is a Maharashtrian sweet made from yellow gram and stuffed with fragrant cardamom, coconut, and jaggery. This sweet is often given a touch of ghee, but one can prepare a ghee-free version for a healthier twist without compromising on the delightful taste.
Sheera: Commonly known as suji halwa, is a classic dessert enjoyed during Ganesh Chaturthi. This is made from semolina, ghee, sugar and is flavored with cardamom and garnished with cashew and raisins.
Rava laddu: The dessert is crafted from roasted semolina, ghee, sugar and multiple chopped nuts. They are shaped into perfect rounds and capture the essence of simplicity and festivity.
Basundi: This is one of the most famous maharashtrian desserts which is close to rabri. They are thick, rich and extremely decadent. The dessert is prepared with milk prepared with cardamom and a host of chunky nuts and dry fruits. Basundi is usually served with deep fried pooris to enjoy it the best.
Shrikhand: This is a popular sweet across Maharashtra and Gujarat. Shrikand is made with strained yogurt and flavoured with cardamom and saffron. It is topped with chunky nuts and raisins and often added to Ganesh Chaturthi bhog thali.