Valentine’s Day not dampened by pandemic



KUCHING: Valentine’s Day, which is celebrated annually on Feb 14, is marked as a day to celebrate romance where people would exchange cards, gifts, and chocolates with their loved ones.

Similar to other festive occasions, the COVID-19 pandemic has not dampened the spirit to celebrate the day of love as many are looking forward to its arrival tomorrow (Feb 14).

While most couples would celebrate the day with romantic candlelight dinner at restaurants and exchanging Valentine’s Day gifts, others may prefer to keep it simple with flowers, chocolates, or candies.

New Sarawak Tribune met with a few members of the public on their plans for this special day.

Lynch Cowan


(Administrative officer)

I believe it is important to show affection and appreciation to your loved ones daily so Valentine’s Day should be celebrated every day. This year, I will be celebrating at home with home-cooked meals for an intimate dinner. It may be simple, but it would be meaningful and for everyone to be safe.

Allissa Affandy


(Personal admin assistant)

I will be celebrating Valentine’s Day with my loved ones and the COVID-19 pandemic has not affected any of our plans for this special day. While the increase in number of COVID-19 cases poses some restrictions for gathering, there are always other ways to celebrate love.

Ahmad Khairul Ahmad Julaihi


(Health planner Coway)

This Valentine’s Day will either be celebrated with a simple candlelight dinner at a restaurant or I will cook for the missus and get some decoration done at home. The COVID-19 pandemic has not affected our spirit or plans to celebrate this special day, but I do hope that everyone will continue to play their parts to stay safe and protect each other.

Joanne Bong


(Graphic designer)

The COVID-19 pandemic has not affected me when it comes to the celebration of special occasions. My partner and I will have a simple meal for this year’s Valentine’s Day. I’m more of a homebody person so I prefer to stay in. This is to ensure the safety and health of my loved ones.

Fenny Silong


(Civil servant)

My husband and I usually do not celebrate Valentine’s Day as we promised to show our appreciation to each other every day. Despite the challenges of COVID-19, there are many ways for us to show love and appreciation to our loved ones like surprise deliveries. I appreciate how the challenges brought about by COVID-19 have allowed people to be more creative and innovative.

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