This Valentine’s Day: Banish hostility!

Every year ‘Saint Valentine’s Day’ is observed on February 14 by exchanging messages of affection love and devotion around the world. A lot of stories are in circulation centering the Valentine’s Day origin. To me, the episode between St. Valentinus and the blind girl Julia seems original and carry enough evidences to accept it.Julia who had been blind since birth got back her sight while learning wisdom in a jail in Rome where St. Valentinus was imprisoned. St. Valentinus taught her among other things about God and how to pray for God’s blessings. Every morning and night Julia used to pray to God that she might see everything St. Valentinus taught to her. God answered to her prayer and one morning through the illumination of a brilliant light in the prison cell Julia started seeing the world. In his last note to Julia St. Valentinus urged her to remain close to God and signed the note as “From your Valentine”. Meanwhile St. Valentinus’s sentence was carried out the next day he wrote the last note on February 14, 270 A.D. and since then February 14 came into being as the Valentine’s Day.
In fact, Valentine’s Day denotes love for God, humanity and nature. So on this day we would exchange/share universal love and affection. Let our love, sympathy and concern for the suffering humanity be spread and hatred and hostilities be banished on this Valentine’s Day.
Yours sincerely,
Professor M Zahidul Haque
Department of Agricultural Extension & Information System
Sher-e-Bangla Agricultural University