Valentine’s Day, also known as Saint Valentine’s Day or the Feast of Saint Valentine, is a celebration observed on February 14 each year. It is celebrated in many countries around the world, although it is not a public holiday in most of them.


St. Valentine’s Day began as a liturgical celebration of one or more early Christian saints named Valentinus. Several martyrdom stories were invented for the various Valentines that belonged to February 14, and added to later martyrologies. A popular hagiographical account of Saint Valentine of Rome states that he was imprisoned for performing weddings for soldiers who were forbidden to marry and for ministering to Christians, who were persecuted under the Roman Empire. According to legend, during his imprisonment, he healed the daughter of his jailer, Asterius. An embellishment to this story states that before his execution he wrote her a letter signed “Your Valentine” as a farewell. Saint Valentine’s Day is an official feast day in the Anglican Communion, as well as in the Lutheran Church.

The day was first associated with romantic love in the circle of Geoffrey Chaucer in the High Middle Ages, when the tradition of courtly love flourished.

  • In 18th-century England, it evolved into an occasion in which lovers expressed their love for each other by presenting flowers, offering confectionery, and sending greeting cards (known as “valentines”).
  • In Europe, Saint Valentine’s Keys are given to lovers “as a romantic symbol and an invitation to unlock the giver’s heart”, as well as to children, in order to ward off epilepsy (called Saint Valentine’s Malady).
  • Valentine’s Day symbols that are used today include the heart-shaped outline, doves, and the figure of the winged Cupid.

Valentine’s Weekend in Kisumu

Here in Kisumu, there have been organized various events to celebrate and usher this day, by the various event’s organizers plus facilities.

Some of these events are:

Date: February 13th 2016

Menu Talk Show: Pre Valentine Cocktail

Hosted by: Winnie Wadera and Messo also featuring Pastor Pius Buodo. This event will open at 2pm through to 5.30pm, and will focus on intimate truths of love.

Dress code: White with a pinch of red.

Venue: Metropak Hotel

For more information call 0727267340 or 0710389232.

Diamond Live in Kisumu Concert

Tanzanian music sensation Diamond Platnumz will be wowing the crowd with his love songs in a musical event to be held at Simba Club, Kisumu. This will also feature some of the biggest musical names in Kenya, viz Octopizzo, Kaligraph, Nahna, Luo Dollar among other entertainers.

Pre Valentine Party at Laughing Buddha Lounge & Café

Make it Memorable with your loved one at Laughing Buddha with Kenya’s Finest DJ Deshal for the Valentine’s Eve Party. From Red Roses to Pink Lips, Sensational Photo Booth, Feel the Love, fall in love!

Dress Code: Red & Black

Entry charge: KShs 500 only

Call 0728270013 for reservations & more info

Live. Laugh. Love at Acacia Premier Hotel

Acacia brings to you a one of a kind Valentine’s dinner. Spoil your loved one with a magical evening of a sumptuous buffet dinner accompanied by the finest of wines and entertainment by Gilad Millo and the comical Jalang’o!

Charges: KShs 6,000 couples and KShs 3,000 for singles

Don’t miss out; book your table in advance on 0709850000.

Date: February 14th 2016

Dramatized act: Twisted Love – by Laser Arts Ensemble

The best person to fall in love with is your enemy and the wrong person to love is your close friend.


He saw lust, she saw friendship.

To him it was about intimacy, to her it was being a brother’s keeper.

He wanted fun, she wanted happiness, but the tables turned.

He fell in love, she lost faith in love.

His heart ached for her, hers was cold towards him.

Venue: Planet Media Cinemas, Mega City Mall Kisumu

Time: 5.00pm-7.00pm

Tickets: VIP – KShs 1000, COUPLES – KShs 500 and ORDINARY – KShs 300

Call 0715077999 or 0715282218 for ticketing and more information

Valentine’s Cruise of Love in Lake Victoria

The Western Kenya Tourism Circuit Association for the second year in a row has organized a Valentine’s cruise dinner in Lake Victoria. The patrons will be treated to a breathtaking views of Lake Victoria, and the cool breeze of the evening Victoria waters as well as the gorgeous sunset. The party will be atop MV Kipepeo which has been customized as a floating/marine vehicle hotel.

Charges: KShs 3,500 couples and KShs 2,000 for singles

Call: 0721171145 or 0722174249 for more details and bookings

Valentine’s Day Dinner at Jumuia Hotel Kisumu

Come, dine and celebrate love with your Valentine at Jumuia Resort. This will be a private evening for couples celebrating love.

Call: 0723688856 or 0700601726 for more details and reservation

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