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appears to be more realistic, rather than romantic!!-- a forwarded mail

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The Story of Valentine's Day.
> > *
> > In spite of what you have been told by everyone, the truth is that
> > Valentine's Day originated hundreds of years ago, in India, and to top it
> > all, in Gujarat!!
> >
> > Gujarati men, especially the Patels, used to mistreat and disrespect their
> > wives (Patelianis). One fine day, it happened to be the 14th day of
> > February, one brave Pateliani, having had enough "torture" by her husband,
> > finally chose to rebel by beating him up with a Velan (rolling pin).
> >
> > Yes....the same Velan which she used daily, to make chapattis for
> > him....only this time, instead of the dough, it was the husband who was
> > flattened. This was a momentous occasion for all Gujarati women and a
> > revolt soon spread like wild fire, with thousands of housewives beating up
> > their husbands with the Velan.
> >
> > There was an outburst of moaning "chapatti-ed" husbands all over Anand and
> > Amdavad. The Patel men-folk quickly learnt their lesson and started to
> > behave more respectfully with their Patelianis.
> >
> > Thereafter, on 14th February, every year, the womenfolk of Gujarat would
> > beat up their husbands, to commemorate that eventful day.The wives having
> > the satisfaction of beating up their husbands with the Velan and the men
> > having the supreme joy of submitting to the will of the women they loved.
> >
> > Soon The Gujju men realised that in order to avoid this ordeal they need to
> > present gifts to their wives....they brought flowers and sweetmeats. Hence
> > the tradition began.
>
> > As Gujarat fell under the influence 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 their foreign
> > tongues, it was first anglicised to 'Velantime' and then to 'Valentine'.
> >
> > And thereafter,
> > *14th of Feb, came to be known as Valentine's Day!*
 
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