The world will celebrate the three most significant events on 14th February – Valentines Day, Condom Day & Ash Wednesday.
Valentine’s Day is a day when lovers celebrate as loveday by expressing their affection towards their special “Valentine” by gifts them with red roses or flower bouquet, chocolates and cards, etc. The day of romance we call Valentine’s Day is named for a Christian martyr and dates back to the 5th century, but has origins in the Roman holiday Lupercalia.
Valentine’s Day isn’t the only reason to celebrate February 14th – it is also Condom Day! International Condom Day was started in 2009 and is promoted by the AIDS Healthcare Foundation to reduce the spread of HIV/AIDS through safe sex practices.
Why international Condom day celebrated on 14th February?
It is celebrated on Valentine’s Day as it is an ideal time to promote the campaign as Valentine’s Day focuses on romance, passion, and intimacy. Again Valentine’s Day is the second most celebrated holiday around the world, second to New Year’s Day which is celebrated on February 14th of every year.
Condom Day falls on Valentine’s Day as it’s an ideal opportunity to promote healthy relationships and to remind people about the risks of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and unplanned pregnancies. It is Celebrated in multiple countries around the world.
Condom Day is a timely reminder for people to use condoms to protect themselves and their partners and to educate them about condom use and other birth control methods.
Because at the end you are only responsible to keep safe your valentine throughout the year. So be safe with your love life by using a condom.
Well, friends, I’m not giving a lecture on the condom because I think its enough funny if I say what its importance rather I’ll definitely say that don’t be so overconfident during your coition. Because in that crucial phase often its found that you lose your controlling power of keeping hold your seminal fluid.
The most common words & facts
#The most common excuse that people give against using condoms is it doesn’t give enough pleasure and it is wrong. It has been scientifically proven that there isn’t much difference in pleasure derived whether you have sex with or without condoms.
#According to the CDC, 1 in 20 Americans will get infected with hepatitis B (HBV) sometime during their lives. Hepatitis B is 100 times more infectious than HIV.
#According to the Center for Disease Control, there are more than 19.7 million new cases of Sexually Transmitted Infections in the U.S. each year.
#By twelfth grade, 65% of high school students will have engaged in sexual intercourse, and one in five sexually active teens will have had four or more sexual partners.
Few vital things to do
#Be friendly with your Condom which is made from various materials such as latex, non-latex, lambskin and even female condoms. Condoms, latex and polyurethane versions, are the only method available to prevent transmission of STIs and HIV.
#Keep condoms on hand so that there is no excuse to use them if the situation arises.
#Look out for the marks of quality, expiry date on our packs to ensure that you are purchasing authentic.
#Say the Danish word for condom 10 times fast. Svangerskabsforebyggendemiddel.
#Make a donation to the American Sexual Health Association (ASHA).
#Talk to your children about safe sex and answer any question they may have without hesitation.
#Watch a movie or documentary about HIV/AIDS to understand the benefits of condoms.
Caution for Kenya
Recently the issue of fake condoms has hit the Kenyan market even as the world celebrates International Condom Day.
# You should check the front face of a pack of Trust Studded to ensure that it has a triple-tested icon on the bottom left side and a white stripe with pack content.
#The name “Studded” should also appear in bold at the center of the pack. The pack’s spine should bear content details and only bear PS-Kenya contact details and nothing more.
#Condoms, latex and polyurethane versions, have been the only method available to prevent transmission of STIs and HIV for ages.
14th February-Ash Wednesday
Ash Wednesday is one of the most popular and important holy days in the liturgical calendar. Ash Wednesday opens Lent, a season of fasting and prayer.
Ash Wednesday takes place 46 days before Easter Sunday and is chiefly observed by Catholics, although many other Christians observe it too.
Origin of Ash Wednesday
Ash Wednesday has a non-Christian origin and was accepted into the beliefs of the Catholic Church at the Council of Nicaea in 325 AD. The council also settled upon the 40-day fast period as the standard length to celebrate Lent.
Why is it called as Ash Wednesday?
Ash Wednesday comes from the ancient Jewish tradition of penance and fasting. The practice includes the wearing of ashes on the head. The ashes symbolize the dust from which God made us. As the priest applies the ashes to a person’s forehead, he speaks the words: “Remember that you are dust, and to dust, you shall return.”
It means Ashes are a symbol of penance made sacramental by the blessing of the Church, and they help us develop a spirit of humility and sacrifice.
Alternatively, the priest may speak the words, “Repent and believe in the Gospel.”
Ashes also symbolize grief, in this case, grief that we have sinned and caused division from God.
Is Ash Wednesday Mentioned in the Bible?
Ash Wednesday is not specifically mentioned in the Bible, however, from Biblical times, sprinkling oneself with ashes has been a mark of sorrow for sin. Repentance in dust and ashes often was accompanied with fasting during Bible times.
The type of fast Jesus himself endorsed was the following, found in Matthew 6:16-18, “Moreover, when you fast, do not be like the hypocrites, with a sad countenance. For they disfigure their faces that they may appear to men to be fasting. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. But you, when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, so that you do not appear to men to be fasting, but to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.”
The Bible directly talks about repentance and fasting but doesn’t mention Ash Wednesday specifically. Therefore, Christians are under no obligation to celebrate the holiday. The important fact to remember is that Christians should be ready and willing to repent, fast, and focus on God throughout the year and not just during the Lenten season.
Additionally, Ash Wednesday is not a day of holy obligation, although Roman Catholics attend Mass on this day in order to mark the beginning of the Lenten season. The churches of the Anglican Communion, as well as some other Protestant churches, observe Ash Wednesday. Eastern Rite churches, however, do not observe Ash Wednesday, their Lent begins on the preceding Monday.