Valentine’s Day: Love Comes and Goes

Valentine’s Day. Some love it. Others despise it. There is a fine and often blurred line between these feelings. This holiday, like many others, isn’t favored by everyone. But are growing costs and expectations for couples (or singles) putting more negativity on a day meant for love and happiness? According to several holiday history sites online, St. Valentine’s Day was named in honor of a priest named Valentine who performed secret marriages when the nation’s ruler banned the ceremonies. He was caught, and before he was killed he left a note for the jailer’s daughter, whom he had befriended. He apparently signed it “Love from your Valentine.” Since then, it has become a day dedicated to feelings of love and affection. Valentine’s Day is now a huge commercial holiday across America. People buy flowers, chocolates and other gifts for those they love. This has become a tradition for the holiday, and because of that it is extremely expensive. Due to the costs, many people see Valentine’s Day just as a day to spend money, which causes people to dread it, especially if their significant other expects a gift. For some, Valentine’s Day is known infamously as Single Awareness Day. It’s understandable: for all the joy the holiday intends, it doesn’t work out for everyone. At one time or another, everyone has experienced being alone on Valentine’s Day. This is another contributor to the dislike of Valentine’s Day. There are also those who simply find Valentine’s Day unnecessary. The majority of this group are guys. They believe that they should be able to show their love for someone every day, not just February 14. “If you truly love someone or even like them, then you’ll show it 365 days a year instead of just one,” says Brian McKay, a junior. At the same time, there are a lot of reasons for people to love Valentine’s Day. It is a very special holiday for couples, and many people, both coupled and single, enjoy receiving candy and gifts. “I like Valentine’s Day because I think it’s a really good excuse to go on a date with your boyfriend or girlfriend if you have one, or a good excuse to wear pink and eat candy if you don’t. I don’t think it’s hurting anyone and it’s just a fun holiday so people should take it a little less seriously,” says Katie Hall, a junior. There is a clear variety of opinions on Valentine’s Day. Some people celebrate it heavily, while others do their best to avoid it. In some ways, it is the same as any other holiday. Depending on their relationship status, people’s thoughts on Valentine’s Day may change yearly. In this way, the fine line between opinions will remain blurred as long as the holiday exists.