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I don’t celebrate valentine’s day as its alien to our culture- Desmond Elliot

Valentine’s day for this year is billed to hold next Wednesday and many are already excited about it. However, there are still those who don’t believe in celebrating it and one of such persons is Lagos State lawmaker and filmmaker, Honourable Desmond Elliot.

The actor cum politician has stated that he won’t be marking the day which has been globally set to celebrate lovers.

Though the Lagos State House of Assembly is presently on recess, the lawmaker, speaking to The Nation, said he didn’t believe in celebrating Valentine as it was a foreign festival alien to Yoruba culture.

“Me, I don’t see where people celebrate Eyo outside the country,” he said, referring to the traditional Lagos festival in which masquerades draped in an all-white regalia parade the streets of Lagos.

 “So, me, I’m not into Valentine. The day I see the white man celebrating Eyo festival, then me, I would start.”

Valentine’s Day, also called Saint Valentine’s Day or the Feast of Saint Valentine, is an annual holiday celebrated on February 14. Named for a Christian martyr which dates back to the 5th century, but has origins in the Roman holiday Lupercalia, the Day is observed by many peoples of the world, many people exchange gifts, cards, or flowers with their special “valentine.”

 

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