Aizawl: For Mizoram, Valentine’s Day was not just about a day for young lovers and couples, but a special occasion which was celebrated with a purpose or cause, ‘giving blood’, an ultimate epitome of showing love to fellow human beings.
This year, coinciding with the government-supported ‘blood donation drive’, many venues across the state on Thursday were crowded with young lovers and couples, who came to celebrate their “day of love” in the form of giving blood to others.
The event was organized by Aizawl-based Association for Voluntary Blood Donation (AVBD) under the theme, ‘Show Love Give Blood’.
About 900 youths across the state donated their bloods for the needy during mass voluntary blood donation drives organised on the occasion of Valentine’s Day, AVBD secretary K Zothanpara said.
In Aizawl, a blood donation camp was organised at Dawrpui Multipurpose hall, where a large number of youths gathered with their loved ones to donate blood as a token of expressing their love to others.
Health minister Lal Thangliana, who graced the event, heaped praises on the youths for developing a heart to donate bloods to others. “It is a glorious sight to see voluntary participants flocking in from the morning till afternoon. It makes me proud to be a Mizo and it is fortunate that we have associations with such interest,” he said.
Along with Aizawl, the mass blood donation drive was also held in all seven other district headquarters during which about 900 youths donated their blood.
Giving blood to others on the occasion of Valentine’s Day became almost a decade-old cherished tradition in the state when it was started by a local television personality Zikpuii Pachuau in 2010.
That first year, 146 people donated blood in honour of their lovers. The following year, 350, more than double the number of people compared to the first year, did the same. In 2012, 425 took part as the effort began to be spearheaded by the AVBD. So far, more than 5,700 units of blood have been donated on the occasion of V-Day since 2010.
Meanwhile, the gift shops in Aizawl were crowded with young people buying gifts for their dear ones. Candle-light dinners and parties were held by lovers and married couples in hotels, restaurants, farmhouses and also in some picnic spots outside the city to mark the day of love.