By Irene Muchuma
Sunday February 14th and Kenyans joined the world in marking Valentine’s day.
The day also called Saint Valentine’s Day or the Feast of Saint Valentine had Nairobi streets painted red with lovers strolling the streets hand in hand in a display affection.
But many believe the spirit of love should be shared daily among loved ones as opposed to being expressed on a designated day.
Valentine’s Day 2016 and Nairobians did not disappoint, despite being a weekend, ladies turned out on the streets of the capital dressed to the nines in their Sunday best.
Red was the colour of choice for most was displayed in jewellery, clothes, handbags and shoes.
The men were not left out and a number could be spotted in the colour associated with love. For those in business everything from decor, meals and even gifts for purchase conformed with the theme of love.
The Tom Mboya statue also got some love in the form of a flower perhaps in appreciation of its significance in the nation’s history.
A photo here and there ensured photographers made brisk business to complete the picture of a perfect Valentine’s.
A cross section of Nairobians interviewed revealed that men purchase more gifts for their loved ones compared to their female counterparts
Well this being the digital age millions expressed their love via social media platforms and in varied ways. For instance these spinach leaves tied with a red ribbon dedicated to someone special.
However the general consensus is love should be expressed daily and not just on Valentine’s .
Valentine’s Day is celebrated each year on February 14th. On this day many people exchange cards, candy, gifts or flowers with their special “valentine.”
It is the day of romance and named after Valentine’s Day is named after a Christian martyr and dates back to the 5th century, but has origins in the Roman holiday Lupercalia.
It originated as a Western Christian liturgical feast day honoring one or more early saints named Valentinus, and is recognized as a significant cultural and commercial celebration in many regions around the world, although it is not a public holiday in any country.
Several martyrdom stories associated with the various Valentines that were connected to February 14 were added to later martyrologies.
Saint Valentine of Rome was imprisoned for performing weddings for soldiers who were forbidden to marry and for ministering to Christians, who were persecuted under the Roman Empire.
According to legend, during his imprisonment, Saint Valentine healed the daughter of his jailer, Asterius, and before his execution, he wrote her a letter signed “Your Valentine” as a farewell.