Every February 14, across the globe, candy, flowers and gifts are exchanged between loved ones, all in the name of St Valentine. But who is this mysterious saint, and where did these traditions come from?

Valentine’s Day, also called Saint Valentine’s Day or the Feast of Saint Valentine, Originate from a Western Christian feast day honoring one or two early saints named Valentinus. Valentine’s Day is recognised as a significant cultural, religious, and commercial celebration of romance and romantic love in many regions around the world, although it is not a public holiday in any country.

Different people have different views about this day and students of the University of Venda expressed their opinions regarding this day.

Nthabiseng Maidi and Kenny Mbogazi celebrated their Valentines’ Day together

Kenny Mbogazi, a Bcom Accounting third level student and Nthabiseng Maidi who is currently studying third level in Bcom Human Resources Management are of the opinion that Valentine’s Day should not be celebrated. They said two people who love each other should celebrate the love they have for each other every day, “they should not wait for this day in order to celebrate because love is what brings them together”.

Lesego Mapheto and Neo Bango spent time together on Valentines’ Day as best friends

Lesego Mapheto who is doing her second level in Bachelor of Education has a different opinion and she said “Valentine’s Day should be celebrated. This is to show that both partners appreciate and acknowledge each other. “As long as this day exists, it is there to be celebrated,” she said.

Neo Bongo, a second level Bachelor of Education student said that, to celebrate this day does not mean that people should spend a lot of money at fancy restaurants or buy expensive goods for each other. “This day means spending quality time together.” Bongo further expressed that, this day is not only for romantic lovers but also for friendships.

Vanessa Tshivhula doesn’t celebrate Valentines’ Day

“I am here to study not for romantic relationships,” said Vanessa Tshivhula, a second level Bcom in Human Resources Management student. She said Valentines’ day does not mean anything to her.

Issued by:
Department of Communications & Marketing
University of Venda
Tel: (015) 962 8525
Date: 14 February 2018

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