It is a known fact that the Gujarati men, especially the Patels don't treat their wives (Patel'anis) with respect. One fine day, it happened to be 14th day of February; one brave Patel'ani had had enough of torture by her husband, then she finally chose to rebel by beating him up with a Velan...(rolling pin)
Yeah, the same Velan with which she made chapattis for him everyday; only this time, instead of the dough, it was the husband who was flattened. This was a momentous occasion for all the Gujarati women and a revolt soon spread like wild fire, with several housewives beating up their husbands with Velan and there was an outbreak of moaning chapattis all over Anand and Amdavad. The Patel men folk learnt their lesson and behaved a bit better with their Patel'ani partners.
Thereafter each year that day, the womenfolk as a token gesture, beat up their husbands to commemorate that eventful day, thus the wives having the satisfaction of beating up their husbands with Velan, and the guys having the supreme joy of submitting to the whims of the women they loved.
Soon Gujju men realised that in order to avoid this ordeal, they need to bring flowers and gifts for their wives.
So the tradition began. As Gujarat fell more under the influence of Western culture that day was called 'Velan time' day. Hence this ritual soon spread to Britain & many other Western countries, specifically, the catch words 'Velan time!'.
Of course in their foreign mouths, it was bast ard ized to 'Velantime' and then to 'Velantine'. And from that day onwards, 14th of February, came to be known as Valentine's Day!
PS: This was an e-mail forward that tickled my funny bone. too good to not put up here. Atleast till I can come up with a better origin story and retconn it into the human history's collective consciousness.