Every February, around the world, candy, flowers, and gifts are exchanged between loved ones during Valentine’s Day.
The people of Fiji are among those that celebrate Valentine’s Day with much zeal and excitement.
Valentine’s Day falls February 14 and like every year will be widely celebrated in Fiji by both young and old.
Lovers will express their love and affection by showing each other with gifts and candy.
Flower and gift shops are abuzz during this period with many flower shops often running out of flowers. Flower shops do great business this time of the year.
Valentine’s Day is also an opportune time for those that have secret crushes. They can express their feelings without even saying a word by giving their special person a rose.
Different colours of roses have different meanings but the most significant of all during Valentine’s Day is the red rose, which symbolises love.
On Valentine’s Day many people also tend to wear red clothing. This is also practiced at the workplace where employees are encouraged to wear red.
A look at the history of Valentine’s Day
While we all know that Valentine’s Day is celebrated in the name of St. Valentine, very little is known about the mysterious saint and why we celebrate Valentine’s Day?
The history of Valentine's Day -- and its patron saint -- is shrouded in mystery. But we do know that February has long been a month of romance.
St. Valentine's Day, as we know it today, contains vestiges of both Christian and ancient Roman tradition. So, who was Saint Valentine and how did he become associated with this ancient rite? Today, the Catholic Church recognises at least three different saints named Valentine or Valentinus, all of whom were martyred.
One legend contends that Valentine was a priest who served during the third century in Rome. When Emperor Claudius II decided that single men made better soldiers than those with wives and families, he outlawed marriage for young men -- his crop of potential soldiers.
Valentine, realising the injustice of the decree, defied Claudius and continued to perform marriages for young lovers in secret. When Valentine's actions were discovered, Claudius ordered that he be put to death.
Other stories suggest that Valentine may have been killed for attempting to help Christians escape harsh Roman prisons where they were often beaten and tortured.
According to one legend, Valentine actually sent the first 'valentine' greeting himself. While in prison, it is believed that Valentine fell in love with a young girl -- who may have been his jailor's daughter -- who visited him during...