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Entertainment of Thursday, 14 February 2008

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Today is Saint Valentine's Day

... and Ghana National Chocolate Day Today is Saint Valentine's Day or Valentine's Day. It is the traditional day on which lovers express their love for each other; sending Valentine's cards or candy. It is very common to present flowers on Valentine's Day. The 'holiday' is named after two men, both Christian martyrs named Valentine. The day became associated with romantic love in the High Middle Ages, when the tradition of courtly love flourished.

The day is most closely associated with the mutual exchange of love notes in the form of "valentines." Modern Valentine symbols include the heart-shaped outline and the figure of the winged Cupid.

Approximately one billion valentines are sent each year worldwide, making the day the second largest card-sending holiday of the year behind Christmas.

A day for all to eat chocolate

Ghana is observing the second Chocolate Day today. February 14 is universally known as Saint Valentine’s Day, but the government has adopted it as a National Chocolate Day to boost the consumption and sale of cocoa.

On January 9 2007, Jake Obetsebi-Lamptey, ex-Minister of Tourism and Diasporan Relations, announced that St. Valentine’s Day, celebrated worldwide as day of expressing love, is to assume an added significance in Ghana as National Chocolate Day with the aim of promoting consumption of Made-in-Ghana chocolates.