Knowing the history of Valentine,it's hard to believe why Tanzanians should be so much attracted to it.However careful scrutiny of our moral standards, points to only one reason,moral decay.Most of those attracted by this festival have extremely low moral standards and are attracted to it because they want to hide behind the curtain of Valentine.Behind this curtain there is a lot of improper sex,lavish parting and all the things associated with waste and improper behavior.It's interesting to note that Valentine himself was associated with sex. But what are the origins of Valentine's day?The history of Valentines day is obscure,and further clouded by various fanciful legends.The holiday's roots are in the ancient Roman festival of Lupercalia,a fertility celebration commemorated annually on February 15.Pope Gelasius I recast this pagan festival as a Christian feast day in AD 496,declaring February 14 to be St.Valentines day.This is the date when Valentine was executed.Most scholars believe that St.Valentine was a priest who attracted the disfavor of the Roman emperor Claudius II. According to one legend,Claudius II had prohibited marriage for young man,claiming that bachelors made better soldiers.Valentine continued to secretly perform marriage ceremonies,but was eventually apprehended by Claudius II and put to death. Another legend has it that Valentine,imprisoned by ClaudiusII,fell in love with the daughter of his jailer Asterius.Before he was executed on February 14,270,he allegedly sent her a letter signed "from your Valentine," a phrase used to this day. In 1969,the Catholic Church revised its liturgical calendar,removing the feast days of saints whose historical origins were questionable.St.Valentine was one of the casualties.Why St.Valentine's day continues to be celebrated in Tanzania in spite of this hard fact can only be due to deception and moral decay! What comes from America and Europe is the best,poor Tanzanians!