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The Red Pandemic

The season of love as its fondly called by many is finally here .  Valentine’s day also known as lover’s day is just few days away. This is a day when lovers, friends or family show their affection for one another with gifts and kind messages.

As a popular event all over the world, the month of February rolls in with flashes of the colour red . It floods everywhere, from our television screens, to shops, restaurants, social media ,work places and even our schools are not spared.

Over the years, the widespread use of the colour red has become synonymous with valentines day, but why red? What is really the significance of colour red to Valentine’s day? Red flowers, Red dresses, red love notes, chocolates wrapped in red and even red teddy bears. Almost like an outbreak of a red  pandemic that everyone catches.

The red theme for Valentine’s day has a lot to do with history and traditional beliefs from long ago. In the world of today, the colour red represents passion, love, romance, anger and  danger. Apart from the romantic attributes of colour red, it is also used as warning signs to show danger, for instance on traffic signs or fire fighting equipment.

     

When we picture Valentine’s day, the first colour that comes to our mind is  red . Now let’s picture where that ideology came from. There are many concepts as to why colour red symbolizes love and passion and few of them include:

The Ancient Greek and Roman  myth

The goddess of love Aphrodite falling in love with a mortal man named Adonis. Eventually as Adonis was about to die, the goddess of love Aphrodite rushed towards him while accidentally stepping on the thorns of a white rose. Hence blood staining the white rose to turn completely red, making it unique and the first red rose to exist. In this concept red blood and red rose is symbolizing love.

Valentine’s day also dates back to the time of the ancient Romans, when there was a particular festival to celebrate family fertility called  the Lupercalia festival. During this festival, blood from sacrificed animals were touched on the women to increase their fertility. This ritual was part of the roman tradition and was celebrated on every February 15th but was moved to February 14th in the 5th century by pope Gelasius I and renamed St. Valentine’s day. Scholars believe this explains the red colour of blood used during the sacrifice contributed to the popular connection of Valentine’s day and the colour red.

The Roman Priest

St Valentine was a Roman priest who believed in love and secretly wedded young Christian couples in the church. This was against the will of Emperor Claudias who felt unmarried soldiers fought better on the battlefield . He banned marriage among young people. Saint Valentine was executed on 14th February for refusing to denounce Christ and his christian faith. Thus the day is beloved to be celebrated to honor his memory.

The Human Anatomy 

The red colour in connection to Valentine’s day is simply related to love and the colour of blood and the human heart. This is why some Countries around the world including India and China encourage their brides to wear the colour red on their wedding day. Red remains a colour that stirs up excitement and communicates a feeling of desire. The colour red represents the blood and beating heart in our bodies, symbolizing pure affection and true love.

Valentine on a Budget

The time of the month is approaching: the one lovebirds have marked and started anticipating since Mid-January.

The time of the month puts us in our best behaviors so the surprise that comes on that day is not a lack of surprise. The time of the month that isn’t a holiday, but might as well be with the fervor of energy it brings. Of course, we are talking about Valentine’s Day – the season of love.

Every year, it seems like a war is waged where packages, getaways, dinners, and gift items for Valentine’s compete to see which will be the most highly-priced. Recently, it feels like the day has become a project one has to save up for months to achieve.

But, no more! Love is meant to be expressed, and there are many budget-friendly ways to echo the words your heart feels to your loved ones, be it a significant other, close friend, or family member. 

 

Breakfast in Bed

You don’t have to be a participant in Top Chef to pull this off. Breakfast is one of the easiest meals to make. You just have to get creative with it and make splashes of red in all you do.

Heart-shaped pancakes, strawberry dips, red wine, store-bought muffins, and a love note is a step in the right direction. 

To make it more heartfelt, it would not be a bad idea to time it with your loved one’s wake-up routine. You can sneak back to bed, and watch their reaction when they see the spread waiting for them.

 

Picnic on the Beach

Recommendation: For a more romantic setup, the most preferred time is late in the evening when the glow of the tealights or candles is able to cast that haze of softness over everything.

Grab a blanket, with a spread full of your favourite dishes, and feel the salt air weave over your skin while you clink wine glasses.

The beach is the perfect location but you could use your backyard, or somewhere you have favourite memories in.

 

Dinner Date

This has to make the list. Although some dinner dates can be expensive, there are some affordable restaurants if you do the research and make reservations beforehand. 

It doesn’t have to be a Valentine-themed dinner reservation. It is, however, the perfect excuse to dress up. Wherever you choose, you get to nurture the first date feelings while you pick outfits specially for your loved one.

You can also recreate the experience at home. But make sure to dress up for it, and keep dinner lights dim to make a romantic atmosphere. 

 

Shows and Concerts

Some artists have shows, album listens, and mini-concerts curated for Valentine’s Day. It is even better when it is an artist you both love, or has a number of love songs you can hum together while you revel in the moment.

In Nigeria, John Drille, who is famed for love songs, has an album listening for Valentine’s. 

 

Personalized Gifts

You don’t have to break the bank to get gifts for your loved ones. It is the thought that counts. 

Pay more attention, and pick up hints for what he/she really loves or has wanted to get for a while; have it engraved with their initials, or simply put a smile on their face by handing it to them. Personalized gifts make for a more appreciated gift item.

 

Group Activities 

The more, the merrier…and cheaper. Many restaurants or spots offer discounts for groups. You could plan a group wine tasting, paint and sip, picnic, karaoke, and many more. The list of activities to choose from is endless.

To make it fun, everyone can invite their significant other or close friend. This keeps the number even and vibes positive. With this, it doesn’t matter where you go, you are sure to have a fun experience at a discounted rate.

It is the feeling you need to express. We show love every day, and in many ways, but take this time out this year. Tuck your kids in bed early, pamper yourself at the spa, bake something to be shared. Enjoy the season of love.

 

Singles Valentine Bucket list

 

 It is the time of the year where the memes flying about reiterates the fact that some of us already know – Valentine’s day is the next bus stop and some of us are spending it alone.

Although the day itself has been so far removed from any religious connotations of its origin and focused as a day to express love and romance, it is still a reminder that there is good in the world. It is also a reminder as a single male or female that there is a lot of love to give to yourself.

Here is the ultimate Singles Valentine Bucketlist guaranteed to leave lasting fun memories in your mind. The best part is Valentine’s Day this 2021 falls on a Sunday; no work, blank day cheque and a lot of fun to be had.

  • Have a Movie Marathon!

If you have been overwhelmed with work and slacking off in the entertainment department. This is the day to watch the top movies and classics you have been putting off with food treats and drinks to go along, making it a mini hang out with your single friends. The best part is, you don’t have to get dressed in anything other than your pajamas.

  • Pamper Yourself

It is not only ladies that love the spa. Regardless of gender, get a massage, have a pedicure, rejuvenate your skin. Basically, have a relaxing day at the spa to thank your body for all it has been through.

  • Send out Presents

Nothing makes you happier than making someone else happy. Use this day to send presents, notes, gifts, or items to your family, friends, and other loved ones. You’ll find yourself smiling at the delight it gives them.

  • Plan a Weekend Getaway

It is the time to gather your single friends and have the time of your life. Nothing breathes freshness than doing things out of the norm.

Check into a resort, take a little trip. Plan a weekend of adventure and share the moment with your friends creating lasting memories.

  • Karaoke

It is crazy how much fun you have at a karaoke bar. If you haven’t been to one, make it the new thing to try out this Valentine’s Day. If you frequent karaoke bars, make it another day to be the star on stage.

  • Host a Game Night
Movie: ‘Game Night’

A few games that will light up the night are charades, truth or dare, and drinking games. Spend this with friends and family, and reconnect in a much lighter atmosphere.

  • Go to an Arcade

Spice up your day with games, and check out just how skillful you are at games you used to play when you were much younger as well.

  • Go to a New Restaurant

The call for food should be irresistible on Valentine’s Day. Try out new places with your group of friends and revel in the air of love.

Christmas means adventure to me

Get your mind off the perfect Christmas expectations and explore the opportunities to create unforgettable memories! Many times I have a good number of people ask me what Christmas means to me?

As a Christian, it is definitely the time of the year when we remember the birth of our savior Jesus Christ and celebrate his coming to earth as a man. Christmas falls in a unique period of the yearly calendar, which is a few days to the new year and it makes it mean so many more things to me. It is a time for bonding, togetherness, giving, appreciation, and the best time to explore fascinating places with your loved ones and create incredible memories that would last a lifetime.

This time of the year is such a special period because there would be worldwide public holidays to mark the festive season and people everywhere around the globe would be travelling to see loved ones they haven’t seen in a while or even visit news places for vacation.

Any way you look at it, it is a time for adventure and bonding. That moment you want to try out new things and visit places you couldn’t go all year. During the Christmas holidays, I always write out a list, which I most likely would never follow because other impromptu activities may take up the day.

This year I followed my Christmas tradition of writing out a list again to plan out my holiday break and it includes:

(i) Visiting the orphanage

(ii) Family reunion dinner party

(iii) Family photo-shoot

(iv) Two nights staycation in a Lagos beach resort

(v) Christmas carol karaoke with family

(vi) Trip to a public park

(vii) Giving a gift to someone I don’t know and putting a smile on their face.

No matter the amount of fun you want to have this Christmas do not forget the reason for the season. Make it a priority to create as many sweet memories as you can.

I feel blessed and grateful to God to be able to experience such a lovely festive season every year! That remains the reason why I always make the most out of such opportunities, let go of unrealistic expectations, and make golden memories with my dear ones.