This year’s Valentines Day celebrations is likely to be one of the most unusual times to celebrate love as it has been done in previous years.
With the advent of the dreaded and deadly corona-virus, social interactions among people globally have been restricted and in some cases endure lockdown periods.
Many moments of human celebrations have been curtailed due to the outbreak of the covid-19 pandemic, including Christmas, Hajj, Easter, fairs and exhibitions, Thanksgiving, carnivals and festivals among others.
Vals Day or St Valentines Day or the Feast of St Valentine is celebrated annually on February 14.
It originated as a minor western Christian feast day honoring early Christian martyr, St Valentine and through later folk traditions has became a significant cultural, religious and commercial celebration of romance and love in many regions of the world.
St Valentine Day is not a public holiday in any country, although it is an official feast day in the Anglican Communion and the Lutheran Church.
Many adherents of the Eastern orthodox Church also celebrate on July 6 in honor of roman presbyter St Valentine and on July 30 of Hieromatyr Valentine the bishop of Modern Terni, in Italy.
In Ghana, St Valentine’s Day has become synonymous with Chocolates in particular and Cocoa and its by products in general.
In 2005, the Ministry of Tourism in collaboration with key stakeholders in the cocoa industry including the Ghana Tourism Authority, Cocobod and Cocoa Processing Company instituted the National Chocolate Day on February 14 every year.
This year, as part of the National Chocolate Week celebrations, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has in a message to Ghanaians expressed his appreciation to the hardworking cocoa farmers in the country, who produce the best cocoa in the world.
With the day coinciding with the Val’s Day approaching, Net 2 TV news interacted with a cross section of Ghanaians on how they will observe this year’s covid-19 hit love and romance day.