Valentine’s Day is a Whole Romantic Affair




Understanding of Valentine’s Day differs among people, societies, cultures and state of living. Whereas so many believe that valentine is all about sharing love with the many you care about, majority of the world people think valentine’s day is all about sharing love with those you romantically and sexually care about.

Medi Kimbugwe, the creative director of yesterday posted on his wall, “Kale bambi with this weather…………..I see many getting pregnant on Valentine’s Day!!!!”

Yesterday was Valentine’s Day, Our Valentine’s Day, YOU and YOUR loved one(s). I unfortunately did nothing much about the day, I just spent a little time off to send someone a message, and tell her that she is amazingly gorgeous, special , beautiful and a true friend that I found in my life.

She replied in a sweeter way, with praises, and making me feel like I am a doctor that cures her most hurting wounds, the teachers that writes readable text on a white board using white chalk, or perhaps that musician whose voice makes rhythms without help of any instrument.

In Kampala, a number of events took place with Mampi’s Africana concert as the headliner. Unlike the past Valentine days in this city, yesterday, I hardly saw anyone or a pair of lovers putting on red and black!

Social media was yesterday and days prior attacked by millions of heart breakers and hunters of love all in the name of sharing their love to those they care about! On Facebook and twitter the words #love #valentine #roses were largely used.

This and more reasons make me believe that Valentine’s Day is a romantic affair and nothing else! Why would one be chucked for failure to deliver a rose flower on Valentine’s Day? What do you think Valentine’s Day is all about?? Share your views in the comments section below.

Back Ground

Valentine’s Day, is observed on February 14 each year. It is celebrated in many countries around the world, although it is not a public holiday in most of them.

St. Valentine’s Day began as a liturgical celebration of one or more early Christian saints named Valentinus. The most popular martyrology associated with Saint Valentine was that he was imprisoned for performing weddings for soldiers who were forbidden to marry and for ministering to Christians, who were persecuted under the Roman Empire; during his imprisonment, he is said to have healed the daughter of his jailer Asterius.

Legend states that before his execution he wrote her a letter “from your Valentine” as a farewell. Today, Saint Valentine’s Day is an official feast day in the Anglican Communion, as well as in the Lutheran Church.

The Eastern Orthodox Church also celebrates Saint Valentine’s Day, albeit on July 6th and July 30th, the former date in honor of the Roman presbyter Saint Valentine, and the latter date in honor of Hieromartyr Valentine, the Bishop of Interamna (modern Terni).

The day was first associated with romantic love in the circle of Geoffrey Chaucer in the High Middle Ages, when the tradition of courtly love flourished. By the 15th century, it had evolved into an occasion in which lovers expressed their love for each other by presenting flowers, offering confectionery, and sending greeting cards (known as “valentines”. Valentine’s Day symbols that are used today include the heart-shaped outline, doves, and the figure of the winged Cupid. Since the 19th century, handwritten valentines have given way to mass-produced greeting cards.