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Nepali Youths celebrating ‘Love Day’ with fanfare

Kathmandu: The fever of love festival, Valentine’s Day, has gripped Nepali youths as well with lovebirds seen exchanging their love to each other. Valentine’s Day is celebrated on February 14 every year. Valentine’s Day is observed to remember a saint named Valentine. However, in recent years it has taken universal character as “Love Day”.

A leading toothpaste brand in Nepal, Close Up has been organizing ‘Close up Love fest 2013’ to mark the occasion and provide an opportunity to youngsters to ‘stay closer’ with their loved ones.

A statement issued by the organisers said, “The fun actually began on February 5 with the ‘Close Up College Love Fest’ in several colleges in the city. The main events are, however, slated for February 14, 15 and 16, with games and activities, ‘good food, great music and exciting couple games,’ across the city to provide wholesome entertainment in celebration of the month of love.”

Today Close Up Love Fest will be held at Sherpa Mall and Civil Mall and at Jhamsikhel, Patan Durbar Square and Bhaktapur Durbar Square. Each Love Fest location on Valentine’s Day will have a message board for people to write on and dedicate a message to their loved ones. The best messages will win a pair of Samsung phones.

The culture of celebrating the Valentine’s Day started some years back and it is getting more popular amongst youths every year. Coinciding with the love festival many restaurants and gift shops have been offering discounts on various gift items and food.

The festival always comes with a lot of hopes and aspirations to boost up their love life for youngsters. For singles, it brings a lot of optimism and for those who already have a partner it turns into a day to intensify their relationship. Many young people are waiting for this day to put a new love proposal to his/her love.

Smriti Thapa, a resident of Soyambhu Kathandu told www.nepal24hours.com that she started to celebrate the day since last five years. She plans to celebrate the day by attending party with her boyfriend. She also plans to give some gift to him but she did not reveal what she actually plans to give. The wall of facebook, a popular social media, is covered with love messages of youngsters.

Yesterday, almost all the gifts and cards shops were busy finding perfect gifts of choice for their customers. The interesting fact about it was that the customers were from a very young age group. The sale of gifts and cards went up in recent years, says an owner of a gift shop in New Baneshwor of Kathmandu.

The day is named after earlier Christian priest named Saint Valentine. It is said Valentine was a priest who refused to follow the law imposed by Roman Emperor Claudius II. The law was to stay young men single.  The Emperor did this to grow his army, believing that married men are not good for soldiers. The priest Valentine disobeyed his law and secretly performed marriage ceremonies for young men. When Claudius found it out Valentine was arrested and thrown in jail and later killed off. Valentine day is seen as symbol of celebrating love and affection between intimate companions.
(Photo Courtesy: www.google.com)

Published Date: Thursday, February 14th, 2013 | 12:10 AM

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