valentines.gifLove is in the air and millions of people around the world are celebrating. But how often do couples take time off to celebrate their relationships and love? Does the buying of gifts show the real affection that one has towards his partner. Can a person receive a gift and be content and say they are really loved.February has for long been a month of romance and every year on the 14th  millions of people across the world present their loved ones with lovely gifts such as candy, chocolates and flowers in celebration of their relationships and the joy of their togetherness.

Most couples in Harare could be seen strolling in the streets wearing red and white, the colours usually associated with the day. Others could be seen in the recreational parks in the city showing their affection for each other.

But do people really know the history behind Valentine’s Day when celebrating and showing their affection for each other. The modern St. Valentine’s Day celebrations are said to have been derived from both ancient Christian and Roman tradition. 

The story of St. Valentine is that Saint Valentine being a bishop who held secret marriage ceremonies of soldiers in opposition to Claudius II who had prohibited marriage for young men.

The ban on marriage was a great shock for the Romans. But they dared not voice their protest against the mighty emperor. Bishop Valentine also realized the injustice of the decree and started conducting marriages in secret leading to his arrest.

The Protestant version which agrees otherwise with the Catholic one states that, during his imprisonment Valentine met Claudius 11 but the two did not agree as emperor Claudius 11 wanted to force Valentine to concur with him on the ban of marriages and this led to Valentine’s execution.

It is said that just before his execution, Valentine asked for a pen and paper from his jailor, and signed a farewell message to the daughter of his jailor”From Your Valentine,” a phrase that has lived up to date.
 Valentine is believed to have been executed on February 14, 270 AD.

Thus the 14th of February became a day for all lovers and Valentine became its Patron Saint. It began to be annually observed by young Romans who offered handwritten greetings of affection, known as Valentines.

The real history of Valentine’s Day is impossible to be obtained from any archive and the veil of centuries gone by has made the origin behind this day more difficult to trace but what remains the major question is, is it really worth celebrating the day.?

What exactly is the meaning of this day? Is it not just a commercial gimmick? And for women how often do men take time off to buy presents and spoil you?