By Juliet Igboekwe
Saint Valentine’s Day, also known as Valentine’s Day or the Feast of Saint Valentine, is observed on February 14 each year. It is celebrated in many countries around the world, it is a day meant for showing love not just to your loved ones but also to people around you.
Numerous early Christian martyrs were named Valentine. The Valentines honoured on February 14 are Valentine of Rome (Valentinuspresb. m. Romae) and Valentine of Terni (Valentinusep. Interamnensis m. Romae). Valentine of Rome was a priest in Rome who was martyred about AD 496 and was buried on the Via Flaminia. February 14 is celebrated as St. Valentine’s Day in various Christian denominations; it has, for example, the rank of ‘commemoration’ in the calendar of saints in the Anglican Communion. In addition, the feast day of Saint Valentine is also given in the calendar of saints of the Lutheran Church.] However, in the 1969 revision of the Roman Catholic Calendar of Saints, the feast day of Saint Valentine on February 14 was removed from the General Roman Calendar and relegated to particular (local or even national) calendars some reasons.
For me valentine has always meant a day to show love to loved one be it your husband, wife,boyfriend or girlfriend. One question we fail to ask ourselves is “must showing love be to only someone you know?”. Why can’t it be a beggar, a motherless baby or a sick person?
Giving back to the community always seems like a later thing, rather than a now thing. You don’t have the money this month, and you don’t have the time this weekend, and you couldn’t make that big of a difference on your own, right?
Not so fast. Making a positive impact in your community can be easy, and even fun, when you expand your ideas about how you can help. You don’t need a heap of money, a crew of fellow volunteers or boatloads of time to make a difference, by simply using the skills you already have, and sharing them with others, you can come up with all sorts of creative ways to help someone in your community have a better day.
A lot of husbands, wives, boyfriends and girlfriends keeping complaining they dont get enough on valentine. A friend of mine Ayo said he bought his girlfriend a phone last year and she gave him cufflinks, “can you imagine that” In response, I suggested that he give to someone he doesn’t really know this year and put a smile on his or her face.
You could feed the hungry or care for the sick; organise a clothing give-out or organize and coordinate a shoe sale to raise money for the poor. Personally, this valentine I would be throwing a huge party for the less privilege you should try it or join me.
Happy Valentine’s Day
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