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Thursday 14 February 2019

Should Valentine's Day Be Celebrated?

Happy Valentine's Day people! Yes today is February 14th, a day celebrated in most parts of the world as St.  Valentine's Day or simply Valentine's Day!

Valentine's Day is a day set aside to show or express love to family, friends and even acquaintances; it is characterised by the exchange of gifts, flowers (especially red Roses!), cakes, chocolates and even romantic dinners and getaways.

Lovers celebrating Valentine's Day
Happy Valentine's Day

Couples and lovers also take advantage of the day to tell that special someone how truly special they are. Any wonder why most engagements and even weddings happen on this day!

A couple celebrating love on Valentine's Day
Valentine's Day Couple 

Some, however, argue on the morality of celebrating such a day especially because of the immorality usually associated with it particularly amongst the Youths.

They (the youths) are renown for painting the town red with their illicit sexual activities which usually result in unwanted and unplanned pregnancies during Valentine's day. Many a youth is seen spotting red attires, buying roses, cakes, ice creams and other gifts items to impress their dates.

My intent with this post is not to debate on the morality or otherwise of Valentine's Day but rather to highlight how best the day may be utilised. 

1) It's just a Day! 

Valentine's Day is a day just like any other day in the calendar year! Whatever you do with the 24-hour span of the day is entirely up to you! There's no rule enforcing the celebration or otherwise of the day. The Manual of life describes it this way;

"One man regards a certain day above the others, while someone else considers every day alike. Each one should be fully convinced in his own mind."

So you see that it is entirely up to you and your convictions. Some people attach importance and speciality to Valentines Day like they do Children's Day, Worker's Day, St. Patrick's Day or even Christmas; whilst others do not. However, whatever importance you attach to it or otherwise SHOULD NOT be imposed on others! 

2) Historical context 

Valentine's Day was named after a third-century Roman Priest named St.Valentine (from the Latin word Valentinus meaning 'Worthy', 'Strong' or 'Powerful'.) There are several historical accounts of this. 

However, the BBC reports that as a Priest, St. Valentine challenged the Emperor of his time by conducting secret marriages for soldiers. Emperor Claudius II had earlier banned marriages because he felt "marriages made men be weak soldiers". 

Valentine was caught and sentenced to death. Whilst on death row, St.Valentine fell in love with the jailer's daughter. On his execution day, February 14th, he dropped a letter for his heartthrob, the jailer's daughter, with the insignia "From Your Valentine". Read more about it here.

3D Reconstruction of St. Valentine's face. Credits: Wikipedia. 

 3) Love is a Person

 As Valentine is associated with the expression of Love, the question to ask 'what is love? How should love be expressed?'
The Manual for Life describes love as,  not emotions, feelings or even a force; but as a PERSON.
FOR GOD IS LOVE     says the Manual.
 Therefore if you know God, you know Love; if you have God; you have Love. And you certainly can't give what you don't have.

4) Love's Trademarks 

The texts below so eloquently describe love in its truest and purest forms.

 Love never gives up.

Love cares more for others than for self.

Love doesn’t want what it doesn’t have.

Love doesn’t strut,

Doesn’t have a swelled head,

Doesn’t force itself on others,

Isn’t always “me first,”

Doesn’t fly off the handle,

Doesn’t keep score of the sins of others,

Doesn’t revel when others grovel,

Takes pleasure in the flowering of truth,

Puts up with anything,

Trusts God always,

Always looks for the best,

Never looks back,

But keeps going to the end.

Love never dies.

So whatever you choose to do today, ask yourself if it measures up to Love's trademarks?

Go on and show true love to someone today! Call up your aged parents and tell them you love them; show some affection to your spouse; take the children out to their favourite fun spot; appreciate your colleagues in the office; put a smile on someone's face.

We are creations of LOVE, made to love and be loved.

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