Valentine’s Day is not a public holiday in Malaysia but, nevertheless, is a very special day for many.
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Just days after Chinese New Year, thousands upon thousands of people visit florists and gift stores looking for special gifts for their wives, husbands, girlfriends, boyfriends and crushes.
Valentine’s Day has no roots in romantic love, chubby angels, roses, chocolates or anything else we see on TV and in shop windows. It’s actually a commemoration of the life of a 3rd Century saint called Valentine who was martyred for his Christian faith in Rome. The actual name of the day is Saint Valentine’s Day.
So, what’s with all the romantic paraphernalia now? You can thank 14th-century English poet and writer, Geoffrey Chaucer, for that. He seems to have made the random connection between February 14th (Saint Valentine’s Day) and the time of year when nature (in the UK) begins sprouting, singing chirping, buzzing – a time of romance.
Social convention suggests that those in love should be considering what good presents to purchase for their special someone. The shops love the sales, but many also like to remember that it’s just as important to show love in other ways that are most sincere for that particular couple.
Happy (Saint) Valentine’s Day!