I walked to the local “mall” this evening just to people watch. It’s interesting to see that as each year passes, the people here adopt more of our “western” holidays. Of course they also continue to recognize their own holidays (many held over from Communism or Orthodoxy), so it is one BIG holiday here!
When I lived in Lugansk from 1994-96, they hardly knew what Valentine’s Day was. Now they are celebrating it! The little shopping center had several plastic hearts floating in its fountain and streamers of red were hanging along with hearts of all sizes.
Across the street is the Central Department Store where a large banner hung from the roof reminding loved ones to not forget February 14th as the Day for Lovers.
Love truly is in the air. Happy Valentine’s Day!