It is that season again when lovers show each other love and affection in the name of celebrating Saint Valentine’s Day which falls on February 14.
On this day, those who observe and attach any significance to it, go on dates, send each other gifts and cards. The hustle in the shopping halls is evident as lovers rush to grab that special gift for their loved ones.
While others show their belief and recognition of the day by expressing their affection for their special ones, to others it is just a normal day.
The history of the celebrations is still shrouded in mystery. The month of February has long been associated with love and romance and that Valentine’s Day contains elements of both Christian and ancient Roman traditions.
Other schools of thought suggest that the day is celebrated in the middle of February to commemorate the death of Valentine, one of the Saints recognised by the Roman Church.
But regardless of its origins, the day still means a lot to some. Marketing and media personality Nkhwachi Mhango said he does not care about the real truth of the origins of the day but the meaning to it.
Mhango said: “When people are in love there comes a time when they take their partners for granted. So, this day is an opportunity to rekindle that love and reaffirm that love and commitment towards each other.”
Lovers use the day to spend time together and enjoy the things they like. So for artists, the Valentine’s Day celebrations provide an opportunity to stage different performances across country.
In the Northern Region, several activities have been lined up. Top City Entertainment Company in partnership with Grand Palace Hotel have organised a beauty contest to crown Mr and Miss Valentine tomorrow.
According to Grand Palace Hotel sales manager Asimenye Njikho, they have selected 12 contestants to take part in the beauty pageant from the 20 that auditioned.
The capital city will play host to a Valentine’s Day after-party at Glalle Gardens featuring hip hop artist Macelba, Provoice and renowned music spinner DJ Wayne.
Soldier Lucius Banda and Lulu will spice up the day at Capital City Motel Gardens. The event will be suppoted by other artists such as Nepman, Sam Smack, Mr Friday and Chisomo Golombe.
Blantyre residents appear to be spoilt for choice with so many performances lined up. The biggest feast will be staged at Motel Paradise where Team Entertainers has organised a valentine’s gig.
The show has attracted acts such as Black Missionaries, Twin M, Anthony Makondetsa, Moda Fumulani, Khonzi Masimbe and Yanjanani Chumbu.
On the same day, Comesa Hall will host a Valentine Concert that has been organised by Five79 Promotions. The event has pulled together an appetising line-up of performers. Urban music hotshot Piksy together with his Langwan Movement Band, Saint, Patience Namadingo, rapper Hyphen and Barefoot Bob are billed to perform.