On Valentine's Day
Valentine\'s Day is at the door. This day is commonly known as a day dedicated by lovers to beloved and vice versa. Everyone has their own way to celebrate it. Young Observer has asked some youngsters about their views on this issue.
Valentine's Day is at the door. This day is commonly known as a day dedicated by lovers to beloved and vice versa. Everyone has their own way to celebrate it. Young Observer has asked some youngsters about their views on this issue.
"Valentine's Day is a day of love. I always like to spend the day with the people I love the most, like my parents, my brother and my friends. The word 'Valentine' itself brings a beautiful and amazing feeling with it. For me, this day is little different from other days. Though I don't celebrate the day in an exaggerated way, I feel something special on this day. Everything seems really beautiful. I love to end the day by listening to some romantic songs."
Sanjida Mahmud Toma, Institute of Education and Research, University of Dhaka
"Valentine's Day is not only for lovers, rather, I think it is for every human being around you. Chocolates and roses and whatever else you consider suitable is not only meant for one's sweetheart. It can be given to all loved ones. However, it seldom happens that I have the financial position to give presents to the loved ones. Still I try to make my loved ones happy on this day."
"Love is something that everyone feels. It is not necessary that it is only to be expressed on Valentine's Day. I think it has become a cliche and needs a bit of reformation. Also, the selfie culture and commodifying of every occasion is almost an everyday occurrence.
It would be better not to pollute occasions any more by mutating it and mixing virtual cultures with it. Something pure and innocent as love often gets turned into something peculiar in these ways. I just hope that I will be able to have a good day and spend some good quality time with my loved one/s."
Rumman Bin Faruque, Businessman
"Valentine's Day to me is a day of love for my family, and, especially, my little sister. Most of my friends plan special evenings for their special ones. But I like to celebrate my Valentine's Day with my friends who are single as they generally accompany me when I am feeling low.
However, for me, love does not need to be expressed only on a special day. I want to express my love for them whenever I get a chance, because life is beautiful and too short. I do not limit myself in a span of only twenty-four hours while celebrating love."
Christina Joyeeta Munshi, Department of Television Film and Photography, University of Dhaka
"Valentine's Day is a celebration of love and passion. It is a day of red roses and chocolates. With all celebration comes the luring eyes of capitalism, and this day is no different. For some reason, I feel that materialistic evaluation has become a common feature when it comes to defining love. Young people usually tend to take this day very seriously but eventually they understand that there is no specific day of love, to love or for love. For me it is just another nice spring day to be enjoyed!"
Deepannita Gomes, Department
of English, University of Dhaka