Valentine’s day is just a commercial holiday

Ariana Afshar

News Editor

    February is the known month of love and caring. Right when it hits January, every store is covered with hearts and love. Chocolates with hearts and huge teddy bears that say “I love you” whenever pressed in the stomach.

    For most couples, the idea of Valentine’s day is when they come together and have a special romantic day together. Usually the day consists of reserving spots to extravagant restaurants and buying expensive bouquets of flowers. Other just like to spend the day with their significant other without spending as much money.

    On average, America spends around 13.19 billion dollars for Valentine’s day according to 196 million flowers are produced jut specifically for Valentine’s day because of the high demand.

    As for the single people, they can’t really do anything for Valentine’s day; maybe go out with a friend or two but they don’t really obtain the experience that couples do. The fact of the matter is that they dont get the chance to experience what Valentines Day is really all about.

    Valentine’s day is a holiday to give cooperates an excuse to make more money. Valentine’s day should be everyday, in any relationship the affection should be there, a set date isn’t what determines if the affection is more or not.

    “Valentine’s day is annoying to me because theres no real reason why the holiday even originated,” senior Namrita Nigam said. “You need to love your boyfriend/girlfriend everyday.”

   According to, the exact origin of Valentines Day is unclear. The holiday is based of Saint Valentine “According to one legend, Valentine actually sent the first “valentine” greeting himself. While in prison, it is believed that Valentine fell in love with a young girl — who may have been his jailor’s daughter — who visited him during his confinement. Before his death, it is alleged that he wrote her a letter, which he signed “From your Valentine,” an expression that is still in use today.” according to

    Even though some people might believe that its a day to spoil their significant other, it still doesn’t give corporations the excuse to idealize couples and use it for their own profit. Couples are now obligated to spend money and do other things for their significant other because of this holiday.

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