I do not think that it is only to honour or respect the particular person on whose name it is being celebrated. In a formal way cakes are cut to felicitate the father, mother, teacher, valentine etc whatever the case may be. That is just a part of celebration.
Knowledge is power.
I find celebrating these days are nothing but new fashion trends. I don't celebrate these days.
Non-violence is the greatest Dharma; So too is all righteous violence.
'Idhuvum Kadandhu Pogum "
Even this challenging situation would ease
That being said, I think that everyone here is the biggest hypocrites. You adopt Western culture whenever it suits us. Everyone who has responded here abhorring the need to follow something foreign is using technology, which is a gift of the Western world. Why not shun it and rely on the 'dak' alone?
You communicate in a Western language, you send your children to schools where the first language is English. You drive cars and two-wheelers, instead of going around on bullock carts or on camelback. You use modern appliances in your kitchens – all of which were invented in the West. You wear Western clothes – would you be complete without a pant and shirt or that suit you don for a photo op?
Where does all this morality disappear in your everyday lives? Why do you so blatantly shun Indian culture? I could go on with the list of things that everyone does and forgets what our culture teaches us.
First clean your act, before going on a tirade.
"A love affair with knowledge will never end in heartbreak" - Michael Garrett Marino
How we take/ accept such days(valentines day) depends on our mindset and outlook. We do love our parents and family members but we often forget to express it. Such days are a gentle reminder for the person to express their love and for the recipient to feel happy. There is no harm is having such days as long as we don't use it as an excuse for an extra day off and or inappropriate behavior.
So, let's use these days meaningfully like the other days cancer day, world environment day, international day of the girl child etc.
" Be Good and Do Good "