The valentine’s day has gathered many meanings that were not ascribed, nor ascribable in the past. In any case, what is the point in having a mundane story attached to the story of ROMANCE. So many spiced up versions are available. As we go in life, we could also make it bizarrely beautiful by creating myths and salacious stories. The following theory of Valentine’s Day beats me hollow- St. Valentine sends his beating heart to declare his UNDYING love for his mistress!
theory from Belarus states that the holiday originates from the story of Saint Valentine, who upon rejection by his mistress was so heartbroken that he took a knife to his chest and sent her his still-beating heart as a token of his undying love for her. Hence, heart-shaped cards are now sent as a tribute to his overwhelming passion and suffering. 
We are also familiar with Vincent van Gogh’s story of having chopped off his ear in a distraught moment with Paul Gauguin and is supposed to have sent that chopped ear to his mistress. This story is all the more sexy as Van Gogh had painted himself with a bandaged ear, and there are more people who know him for that bandaged ear than for Expressionism!
Why Van Gogh did whatever he did shall be mired in the many versions that are in circulation, but I for one shall BELIEVE that the hard stroking expressionist, had cut off his ear to declare that he’s had enough of her saying NO to him!
Ultimately one has to be crazy enough to do an act that shows himself/ herself to be SELF-DENYING & SUICIDAL to evince feminine interest. Not that all women are impressed by such mutilating deeds, but some who love IDEAS, more than REAL LIVING, relish in such deeds.
In Bangalore not more than 3 months back (today being 04.02.2009) a female dentist had invited her ex-boyfriend (who was also a dentist & by then married to another woman), to her clinic and after administering him with some soporific had chopped off his penis (she wanted the filling removed and make a cavity!!).The kind soul that she was, she even got him admitted to a nearby hospital so that he doesn’t go down to the grave without going down on his haunches for peeing! The simplistic reason could be that she didn’t want him to put his member, to secondary use with another woman!!! Some possessiveness!!
In any case such chopping of others’ organs is revolting, as that does not have the SELF-DENIAL formula embedded in it. But when done voluntarily, it has a secret appeal to the human consciousness. In the Indian movies there have been lots of instances where lovers write letters with their own blood, go to the nearest tallest building and threaten suicide etc..
When such declarations of LOVE are all seen thru the prism of EMPATHY by the public, why does a section of the demi-political organization look upon the commercialization and display of affection that culminate on VALENTINE’S DAY, as a threat to their culture?
MAN’S LIBERTY TO INDULGE IN MYTH MAKING, SHOULD NOT BE TRODDEN UPON BY THE BRUTES OF THE SOCIETY- ESPECIALLY WHEN IT DOES NOT AFFECT THEIR LIVES OR THEIR PROPERTY!
HOPE THAT VALENTINES DAY WOULD GROW TO BECKON MORE & MORE PLEASANT MYTHS.