The Gujarati Story of Valentine's Day


Sat, Feb 14th, 2009 12:28 by capnasty NEWS

In spite of what you have been told by everyone, the truth is thatValentine's Day originated hundreds of years ago, in India, and to top it all, in Gujarat.

It is a well known fact that Gujarati men, especially the Patels,continually mistreat and disrespect their wives (Patalanis). One fineday, it happened to be the 14th day of February, one brave Patalani,having had enough "torture" by her husband, finally chose to rebel bybeating him up with a Velan (rolling pin).

Yes, the same Velan which she used daily, to make chapattis forhim. Only this time, instead of the dough, it was the husband whowas flattened. This was a momentous occasion for all Gujarati womenand a revolt soon spread, like wild fire, with thousands of housewivesbeating up their husbands with the Velan.

There was an outburst of moaning "chapatti-ed" husbands all over Anandand Amdavad. The Patel men-folk quickly learnt their lesson andstarted to behave more respectfully with their Patalanis.

Thereafter, on 14th February, every year, the womenfolk of Gujaratwould beat up their husbands, to commemorate that eventful day.Thewives having the satisfaction of beating up their husbands with theVelan and the men having the supreme joy of submitting to the will ofthe women they loved.

Soon The Gujju men realized that in order to avoid this ordeal theyneed to present gifts to their wives: they brought flowers andsweetmeats. Hence the tradition began. As Gujarat fell under theinfluence of Western culture, that day was called 'Velan time' day.

The ritual soon spread to Britain and many other Western countries,specifically, the catch words 'Velan time!'. Of course in theirforeign tongues, it was first pronounced to 'Velantime' and then to'Valentine'. And thereafter, 14th of February, came to be known asValentine's Day.



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