Mavambo By Portia Zvavahera.
In the spirit of Valentine's Day, our artwork of the week is by Portia Zvavahera 'Mavambo'. Mavambo depicts a newlywed couple posing for a snap shot,
as they hold onto each other closely posing accordingly to show their feelings about and interactions with the unborn new life and journey they are about to embark on together.
Many people around the world celebrate Valentine’s Day by showing appreciation for the people they love or adore. Some people take their loved ones for a romantic dinner at a restaurant while others may choose this day to propose or get married or to renew their wedding vows. Many people exchange greeting cards, chocolates, jewelry or flowers, particularly roses, with their 'special valentine'. It is also a time to appreciate friends in some social circles and cultures.
There are many symbols associated with the valentine's day. Hearts, the colors red and pink, roses, images and statues of cupids, and cupids’ bows and arrows symbolize the feeling of romance and love on Valentine’s Day. Cupid is usually portrayed as a small winged figure with a bow and arrow. In mythology, he uses his arrow to strike the hearts of people. People who fall in love are sometimes said to be “struck by Cupid's arrow”.
According to some reports 'the day of romance' we call Valentine's day originated as a Christian liturgical feast day honouring one or more early saints named Valentinus. One important thing to note about Valentine's Day is that it shows how people all over the world are passionate about their loved ones as they celebrate the day and exchange gifts and recognise it as a significant cultural and commercial celebration, although it is not viewed as a public holiday in any country.