By Lynette Kozosi WINDHOEK Today is St Valentine's Day. That time of the year when couples extravagantly express their feelings for each other by sending each other an array of gifts including Valentine cards, flowers, chocolates, perfumes, lingerie and confectionery. The history of Valentine's Day and its patron saint is shrouded in mystery. It is believed the occasion is named after two among numerous early Christian martyrs named Valentine. St Valentine's Day has now become a multi-cultural and multi-national global event. Also according to Leap Year tradition girls have the first chance to pop the question of marriage if they think they have found Mr Right and Valentine's Day presents just the right opportunity. On St Valentine's Day eve, New Era took to the streets and here is what some people think: Melissa Mungomba "I believe Valentine's Day is overrated and exaggerated, and has really lost its sense of meaning." Richard Ucham "Everyday should be Valentine's Day in the lives of lovers. We make such hype out of this day then after that everything goes down the drain. Do we then wait for the next Valentine's Day to express love to our loved ones?" Molla "Valentine's Day sucks without a date, but it still represents love for each other." Engelhard Goreseb "Valentine's Day is actually just a money-making scheme for those shops selling Valentine gifts. And it is a boring day for those who don't have partners/lovers.
2008-02-14 00:00:00 10 years ago