Valentine’s Day: Sweet for Some, Salty for Others

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Valentine’s Day: Sweet for Some, Salty for Others

Brielle Allison

Brielle Allison

Brielle Allison

Tulio Martinez and Viviana Burgos

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Valentine’s Day is a tradition of giving friends, family and loved ones presents like chocolate and flowers. 

Valentine’s Day originated from a Roman festival called Lupercalia. The festival celebrated the coming of spring and eventually became St. Valentine’s Day and was celebrated as the day of romance.

According to The History Channel, the Christian church may have decided to place St. Valentine’s feast day in the middle of February in an effort to “Christianize” the pagan celebration of Lupercalia. The priests would first complete sacrifices for purification and then the young women in the city would place their names in a big urn. The city’s bachelors would each choose a name and become paired for the year with his chosen woman. These matches often ended in marriage.

The modern version of this holiday gets mixed reviews year after year.

Pro:

Valentine’s Day is a great holiday because people can spend time with loved ones and can receive presents and candy.

Since it gets people closer to everyone around them, people foster better relationships. 

Receiving gifts makes people happy and feel better about themselves.

“I love Valentine’s Day because I think it’s a fun holiday and I like all the candy and presents people give,” freshman Katie Miller said.

Finally, getting something for other people gives people excitement because they don’t know what their reaction might be or it makes them happy overall.

Having a significant other doesn’t matter. Anyone can enjoy Valentine’s Day whether it’s by getting something from family or self-care. Anyone can enjoy this holiday because it is purely about love.

Cons:

Many people like Valentine’s Day, but there are people who do not have the same love for it. 

Valentine’s Day is so expensive. Many people spend hundreds of dollars for materialistic and expensive items just to please their partner on a single day of the year.  

Obnoxious public displays of attention (PDA) can be overwhelming. Especially at school, all the kissing, hugging and hand holding is at its highest on Valentine’s Day.

“PDA in the halls is gross because i feel like school is not the place for that. I am just trying to get to class,” senior Taylor Turner said.

 For all the single ladies and gentlemen out there, they are reminded that they are alone and still waiting to fall in love.

Valentine’s Day can be deceiving because it influences the way people look at love. Society gets the wrong idea.

Many people associate Valentine’s Day with being in a relationship and having a companion, but this is not always the case. It’s not just a holiday to celebrate with partners but also with family as well.

Junior Luke Woychowski doesn’t like it for a whole different reason.

“My birthday is actually on Valentine’s Day, and I always find that the holiday takes away from my birthday,” Woychowski said.

People don’t need to be dating someone to enjoy the holiday, they can just show some love to their parents and siblings.