Friday was Valentine’s day, a day well known as the day of love. Yet it’s also resented both by those without a better half to spoil and by money-wise couples too. Is it a day to celebrate, or is it just a commercial opportunity? Stephanie Kapfunde took to the streets and suburbs to find out what Valentine’s Day really means to Harare’s residents.
“I think Valentine’s Day is the best time someone can come out in the open about their feelings for someone. Society has made it easy to communicate that through Valentine’s Day a simple gesture like buying a rose. We should only think positive and be happy for those in a relationship or going into a relationship. Happy Valentine’s Zimbabwe!” Muneer, operations manager
“I wish people spent money on more valuable things like car spare parts and family needs instead of spending on flowers and chocolates that don’t last. There are more important things that money can be used for!” Enia, vendor
“I’ve looked into the history of it and there are so many stories to it and how it came about. In the end I think it’s just overrated and commercial. But I understand that it’s mostly a woman’s prerogative. If it’s my woman who wants to be spoiled and pampered on Valentine’s then I’ll get involved; if not well…I believe I don’t need one day to show affection, I would sooner do that all year than wait to do it on the 14th.” McDonald – broadcaster, motivational speaker & social entrepreneur
“The way I understand it, Valentine’s Day is a day where I’d like to think young people share love by giving each other gifts and spend time together. It’s a good day that encourages family togetherness.” Watson – treasury manager
“To me Valentine’s is a day you spend with, and spend on, your loved one. I like it.” Solomon – Harare hustler
“Valentine’s Day to me is a day for Lovers and for showing appreciation, like buying a special present; one you wouldn’t buy on any ordinary day. It’s about doing something special, I like Valentine’s Day.” Isabel – university student