Delhi Festivals in February
Maha Shivaratri is celebrated on a moonless, 14th night of a new moon as per the Hindu month of Phaguna which falls anytime between February and March according to the English Calendar. Hindus celebrate this day with great devotion to Lord Shiva and devotees observe fast by not consuming even a drop of water while some eat only fruits and milk from day up to the night to appease Lord Shiva. One popular legend states that this festival is believed to be the wedding day of Lord Shiva and Parvati, some say that Lord Shiva performed the 'Tandav' Dance of destruction on this day, while others say that on this day Lord Shiva manifested into a Lingam for the first time and hence it is considered a very auspicious day.
Valentine's Day is celebrated by every romantic Delhiite on 14th February every year. This day was named after two Christian martyrs named 'Valentine of Rome' and 'Valentine of Terni'. Though the only association of these Saints with love was their utter and unconditional love for God, this day was marked as the International day of romance in memory of Saint Valentine and was later associated with the High Middle Age period between the 11th and 13th Century when the tradition of courtly love immensely flourished.
In Delhi, the streets, cafe joints and restaurants are filled with young couples expressing their love for each other. Some even get married on this day as it is considered auspicious and culminates into a happy marriage filled with love and affection for each other. It initially became popular amongst young romantic hearts but later most of the couples irrespective of age celebrate this day by expressing their love to their partners and even family and siblings. They exchange Valentine Day Cards, Chocolates and gifts. Most of the couples take a break from home cooked meals and reserve a special and quiet candle light dinner out with each other.