Valentines Day: Is it Sweet or Sour?

By: Hannah A

Valentines Day CandyEvery year February 14th is full of chocolate, flowers and most commonly tears. With many opposing views, Valentines Day is a controversial holiday. Some people feel the holiday in targeted for people in relationships, and “single out the single”.

Freshman Sara Nelson said, “I hate the holiday. Its not fair because not everyone has someone to spend the holiday with.” Sophomore Mere Hanlon also agrees with Nelson and said, “It’s [Valentines Day] so overrated. I hate all the sappy couples who are so annoying about it.”

Many people feel the exact opposite about Valentines Day, and love it. Sophomore Payton D said, “Yes I like it! Even though I am single it gives me hope.” Sophomore Alex W agrees with Payton and said, “I like Valentines Day. There is always lots of candy, and I get gifts from my parents.” Sophomore Bryce G said, “I enjoy Valentines Day because it’s nice to feel the love in the air.”

However many people don’t see the point in the holiday. Freshman Julia C said, “Relationships shouldn’t revolve around one day, the love should be shown every day. ” Duxburys School librarian Ms. Miller agrees with Julia and said, “I don’t care for the holiday. I don’t like people telling me when to love someone. Personally I feel it is just a propaganda for Hallmark.”

A majority of people enjoy the abundance of candy. Sophomore Hayley C said, “I only like Valentines Day for the candy.”

Accourding to the history of Valentine’s Day, and the story of its patron saint, is a mystery. February has always been celebrated as a month of romance, and that St. Valentine’s Day, as we know it today, contains vestiges of both Christian and ancient Roman tradition. The Catholic Church recognizes at least three different saints named Valentine or Valentinus, all of whom were martyred. Other legends believe that Valentine may have been killed for attempting to help Christians escape harsh Roman prisons, where they were often beaten and tortured.

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