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Happy Chocolate day 2019: Its February, Now Valentine week comes, a month of love and friendship and what excellent means to celebrate togetherness than valentine’s day.
Celebrated in honour of the Saint Valentine of Rome who was martyred on February 14 in 270 AD, Valentine day is also celebrated on the very day across the country. Though the valentine week begins from in advance on February 7 with Rose Day. What happens is Purpose day, Chocolate Day, Teddy Day, Promise Day, Hug Day, and Kiss Day.
Alternately, every day of Valentine’s week has its own importance and beauty – the chocolate day. Celebrate on February 9 is all regarding exchanging chocolate, flowers, surprises, gifts and sweet treats with your loved ones. The special thing about this day is Many of the couples also enjoy themselves in special baking courses and learn how to cook sweet feasts for their loved ones.
Bakeries, cakes shops and chocolates cash in on the demand and popularity of the day and start Valentine’s and Chocolate Day- specific cakes, tarts and pastries. The popular things between the couple are heart-shaped cakes, sweets chocolate, candies and pastries with a love message or love greeting cards and even sugar-free cakes between peoples. While Valentine’s day is firstly celebrated by lovers but you have also had the option to celebrate with your families and friends. Take a box of chocolate and enjoy every flavour and taste with loved ones and create wonderful memories.
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A zoo in Australia is inviting people to name a snake after an ex-partner (Representative Image)
Roses are red, violets are blue, is there a brown snake in Sydney named after you?
Well, there soon could be, thanks to a competition launched by a zoo in Australia that invites people to name one of their venomous snakes after an ex-partner – all in the spirit of Valentine’s Day.
“Is your ex a snake? If so, now is your opportunity to cement their ‘snaky status’ this Valentine’s Day by naming a brown snake (one of the world’s most venomous snakes) after them at WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo!” the zoo posted on its Facebook page earlier this month.
To enter, participants must fill out a form including the name of their ex-partner and detailing why they deserve to have a snake named after them. Entrants are also asked to make a $1 donation to the WILD LIFE Conservation Fund. The winning name will be selected by the zoo’s reptile team and revealed on Thursday, Valentine’s Day.
“We hope that by providing someone unlucky in love the opportunity to name WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo’s very own brown snake after their ex, we can give them something else to celebrate on Valentine’s Day this year,” the zoo’s general manager, Mark Connolly, said.
On social media, many reacted to the zoo’s competition with delight, tagging their friends and vowing to submit the names of their ex or, in some cases, exes. Not everyone, however, was impressed by the concept with some riled users accusing the zoo of encouraging bullying.
“So basically WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo is encouraging a heap of online bullying, aimed at attacking peoples exes?” read one comment, to which the zoo replied:
“We can assure you that no entries submitted as part of our ‘Name a snake after your ex’ competition will be released publicly. The chosen first name will be announced via our social channels on Valentine’s Day. This is a light hearted activity, we do not encourage activities that could cause defamation or bullying. We take data protection seriously and competition entries and personal details are never disclosed publicly, nor would any full names be used.”
And it’s not just WILD LIFE Sydney that understands not everyone wants to celebrate Valentine’s Day with flowers and a romantic meal.
The El Paso Zoo in Texas took to Facebook earlier this month, inviting people to name a cockroach after an ex. On Thursday, the zoo will feed the newly named cockroaches to meerkats and other animals during a live stream.
“The meerkats love to get cockroaches as a snack and what better way to celebrate Valentine’s Day than by feeding them a cockroach named after your ex!” event coordinator Sarah Borrego told CBS News.
In 2017, a cat cafe in Washington, D.C., offered people the chance to write their ex’s name on a litter box. At the time, Kanchan Singh, the cafe’s owner said that while many people submitted the names of their exes, others used the opportunity to express their political views. According to Singh, numerous “Trump” and “Pence” submissions made it into the box as well.
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By Amrita Desai
Valentine’s Day is a day when globally everyone expresses and celebrates love. Although conventional ideas of gifting revolve around chocolates and getaways, for expecting parents unique choices are more romantic. For to-be parents, there is more love in the air. Parents should be made to feel special because pregnancy and parenting is a whirlwind roller-coaster ride and before they begin their parenting journey, they need to be rejuvenated.
Let us look at gifting options to spoil your better half and show how much you love each other and the little bundle of joy that’s headed into your lives.
One cannot have enough of advice, especially when it comes to parenting. One can download series of popular easy to decode books on Kindle and gift it to the parents. This allows for easy reference. To explain baby basics, books and tutorials designed for fathers can be excellent possession for them to be informed such as The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding and The Birth Guy’s Go-To Guide for New Dads.
A fancy nursing scarf to make breastfeeding easy when on the go is a thoughtful gift for your partner, to prepare for the coming baby. It keeps babies from being distracted and keeps them warm. It allows for ventilation and pockets for any breastfeeding accessories. Oversized bottles to keep the mother hydrated, belly bands, sleeping pillows, newborn slings and breastfeeding tops is another thought in the kitty.
Capturing each moment is what parents, especially fathers, love to do. It is indeed the first of everything with their baby and instant print photos are in vogue. A polaroid allows for instant documentation and preservation of memories.
Documenting one’s experiences through writing and penning down milestones helps parents to keep track of the memories and go back to them. With prepping for the baby, everything will happen at a fast pace. Therefore, writing it down will help them reflect on each other’s experiences.
The world is gradually moving towards organic products and what’s better than gifting your partner a basket for pampering themselves. The basket can comprise of essentials like natural belly butter, face mask, foot cream and body oil. An all-natural bath bomb with selective scents for the couple to relax, rejuvenate and reboot themselves.
Getting an eight-hour sleep during pregnancy becomes cumbersome. The baby bump doesn’t allow the mother to sleep in any position. Investing in a comfy full-body or wedge pregnancy pillow can ensure a sound sleep, aid in breastfeeding and can be carried to the hospital. It replaces the four or five pillows she is currently using to hug her frame with one soft, but firm, pillow that supports her back, hips, neck, and tummy.
Fathers would like a handier and sleek bag wherein it is easier to carry the baby along. A bag with everything in an accessible space including diapers, bottles with plenty of pockets for all that you and your baby needs. Parents can also explore eco-friendly diapering options.
Loose tees and cute dresses are the way to go for your partner to feel comfortable at home. Wearing loose clothes and sweats can become dull for the woman. Gift her beautiful evening gowns for the date that allows her to show off her baby bump or define her waist. A set of versatile dresses for a day out can really boost her confidence. Matching sets of mother-baby dresses is also something parents can work on!
Personalised merchandise such as mugs, key chains, lamps, wallpapers among other quirky little gifting options for office or home décor as gentle reminders for parents to keep calm and go easy on themselves.
Most parents would read a pregnancy book but very few actually read about what happens after a baby is born. It helps both to-be parents to be scientifically aware by attending antenatal classes which can deal with different birthing positions, prenatal yoga, breastfeeding and so on.
While we have listed materialistic gifts that one can shop for, moral support and being together is also the key. When a baby comes into your life, everything revolves around them. Spending quality time, going on romantic drives, watching a movie or simply cooking together can rekindle the bond. It is a new journey that you are going to embark on and being there to support each other through thick and thin will make this journey more memorable.
(The writer is a lactation consultant and IBCLC, LCCE, Cloudnine Hospital and Member of Medela India LC Club.)