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It’s Valentine

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on February 13, 2011

It’s that time of year again when folks around the world celebrate Valentine’s Day.

Who was St. Valentine?

Firstly, there was a man, a Priest in fact, named Abba Valentine. He served the Church in Rome during the middle to last Third Century. He was an Orthodox Tewahedo Christian. He is noted for helping those imprisoned and facing martyrdom; he would bring them the Holy Mysteries – The Sacraments, Read the Sacred Scriptures – Gospels to those imprisoned and comfort those who were soon to be martyred for their faith in Christ Jesus.


Valentine’s Day is now celebrated worldwide as a day of love for boys and girls – and roses have become a universal symbol of love. No Valentine is a Valentine without roses.. As they say, love is a beautiful red rose given for no apparent reason.

Yes, people give roses to their lovers

The best and most expensive roses in the world are no doubt in Holland. And no matter what quantity of roses Holland produces, it can never satisfy the insatiable world demand. This is especially true in this season of Valentine. This is why Holland branched out to the far away land of Ethiopia to produce other best roses for the world.

Ethiopian roses are becoming famous in Europe. Many of the Valentines Day roses presented now in Europe are grown in Ethiopia. Over 100,000 roses are exported each day. And the custom of giving flowers is catching on domestically as well. Floriculture is one of Ethiopia’s fastest-growing industries

Urbanized young Ethiopians present these beautiful roses to their lovers in a romantic manner, and express the magic words, “I love you!”, in Ethiopian “Ewedishalehu” : male/female to female “Ewedihalehu”: male/female to male.

Valentine’s day in Addis Abeba



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