Who is your Valentine?

imagesValentine’s Day has been accepted in Ghana and celebrated even though it’s not a nationally accepted holiday. It is celebrated on 14th February and given a lot of attention despite the little knowledge on what it really entails. A walk through town and you get to see so many hampers wrapped in red and red roses. Chocolate has been the feature since it was made a chocolate day in Ghana. Chocolate is in abundance on the street. Teddy bears, wine, flowers, candies, drinks all in red. Boutiques are also showcasing red and white clothes in style with discounts. There are also several shows scheduled for the day all over the country for the night of valentine. Most hotel and guest houses are booked to the maximum. Sales of condoms have also shot up. Most churches are also trying to control their members from the world by organizing various events on the day to engage them. In concluding Ghanaians have accepted this holiday and are celebrating how best they interpret it.
Valentine’s Day, also known as Saint Valentine’s Day or the Feast of Saint Valentine, is a holiday observed on February 14 each year. It is celebrated in many countries around the world, although it is not a holiday in most of them.
St. Valentine’s Day began as a liturgical celebration of one or more early Christian saints named Valentinus. Several martyrdom stories were invented for the various Valentines that belonged to February 14, and added to later martyrologies. A popular hagiographical account of Saint Valentine of Rome states 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. According to legend, during his imprisonment, he healed the daughter of his jailer, Asterius. An embellishment to this story states that before his execution he wrote her a letter signed “Your Valentine” as a farewell. Today, Saint Valentine’s Day is an official feast day in the Communion, as well as in the Lutheran Church. The Eastern Orthodox Church also celebrates Saint Valentine’s Day, albeit on July 6 and July 30, 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). In Brazil, the Dia de São Valentim is recognized on June 12.


Monica Otumfuor

refrence: Wikipedia