How to celebrate Valentines in times of crisis


Love is in the air. Lovers and friends are now making out their way to celebrate Valentines. But crisis hit most part of the world and the question is, how can we celebrate Valentines when you are out of fund?

valentines2Guys, don’t let the crisis suppress our romantic side. To some, it is corny, but who cares as long as we feel the love and wanted to share it with our significant one. Let’s take a brief look how Valentines Day is associated with month of February and lovers.

The origin of this lovers day goes back as early as 270 A.D and started with the clash between a kindly priest and a mighty ruler. The story is clouded by various myths and fancy stories and not only one St. Valentine was claiming that it was originated with them (of course by those poeople who surrounded them and not them actually). One was a priest in Rome, another a bishop in Terni, and of a third St. Valentine almost nothing is known except that he met his end in Africa. In 496 AD, Pope Gelasius recast the pagan (February 15 to celebrate Day of Fertility) festival as a Christian feast day circa 496, declaring February 14 to be the feast day of the Roman martyr Saint Valentine, who lived in the 3rd century. Actually it was the day that St. Valentine was buried.

valentines-4Anyway, it’s been tradition since then to many countries (and I guess all romantic countries) to celebrate the day. Greeting Cards, roses, lots of flowers, gifts and chocolates are flooding everywhere. Even friends greeted each other and many people find it romantic to have their wedding day in Valentines Day. Different celebration varied on how sweet and how thick is your wallet. But in this time of crisis, is it possible to celebrate it with little or no resources at all?

valchocoWell, the answer is a big YES! Cards, gifts, roses and chocolates are just material and symbolic. Instead of greeting cards, why not made a sweet poem or messages and text it to the one you love. Please write original if you can,  so you can convey your true feeling with them. Okay, you are not into poem and not that good in words, canned message is good enough just make it sure there are no other names on it if you forward the text. That’s only a peso (in the Philippines) or lucky enough a few cents if you avail “unlimited” text. Then you can give local chocolates instead of expensive imported brands, just pick the best one, I don’t want to recommend but I tell you, I was amazed the other night discovering that our local chocolates taste almost the same with the imported brand I used to eat (lots of almonds too). And if you can’t have a decent dinner over fancy restaurant, fast foods or a simple snack or home cook dinner is fine. Go to the nearest park or simply bring a mat and find a place where you can see the moon and do the little picnic there.

valroseIf you can’t watch a movie, that’s fine. If you have guitar, bring it and serenade your loved ones, even your wife and have a great bonding time singing your favorite songs and reminiscing good old days.

Don’t let poverty or short allowance be a hinder for you not to show how much you love and appreciate your partner. Valentines is just a day but if you practice to say ‘I Love You’ everyday and really mean it., that’s really counts.  As for me, it’s a habit I can no longer erase in my system. I always just this ‘morbid’ thought of not waking up the next day, so I want my partner to remember that the last words she heard from me is “I Love You’.


Happy Hearts Day Folks!


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  1. Thank you sir for liking my work. God bless

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