Valentines Days Good or Bad?


Ashley Wood, Writer

Valentines day is an annual holiday where we celebrate the loved ones in our lives. We give one another treats, teddy bears, and even as simple as a ‘sweet’ card. The holiday originated in the Roman festival of  Lupercalia, held in the middle of February.  The festival, which celebrated the coming of spring, included fertility rites and the pairing off of women with men by lottery. But, later became the day of romance. Although, this holiday is beautiful in the sense that couples get to spend it showing each other romantic gestures, what’re peoples true thoughts and feelings about Valentines day?

“Valentines day is only fun for people that have a valentine,” said Lisa Provost, and several people had seconded this statement. This special day has neglected all of the people that maybe don’t have someone special to spend with on the holiday. Having a whole day spent seeing couples around school or even just on social media living it up on valentines day, is the worst feeling on this day if spent alone. There has been countless attempts of people trying to start a petition to boycott Valentines day. “Valentine’s Day is just a capitalist scam, designed to make people currently in a relationship spend unnecessary money in a fruitless attempt to ensure undying love and devotion,” Wrote Jaskirat Panjrath in his petition to end valentines day. Now the real question is how do couples feel about valentines day?

As a couple on valentines day you’re obviously going to love this special holiday, although, a few couples said you don’t need/should participate in this holiday. “You shouldn’t have to feel obligated to go all out on loving someone for one day. You should love your partner unconditionally everyday.” This quote basically adds on to what Jaskirat Panjraths statement in his petition to ‘boycott valentines day’. Essentially saying valentines day is not needed, its a scam for you to feel like you need to get your significant other gifts and spend more money. Nonetheless people still give in to the traditions of valentines day.

On the other hand some couples love valentines day, being able to go all out and get their better half presents or even send them a candy-gram in school. Its all based around the same special feeling someone gets when you know your boyfriend or girlfriend is thinking of you.

All in all valentines day is one of the most controversial holidays of the year, you either love it or hate it. Nevertheless the holiday shall go on and I don’t think it will ever die out. I hope you have an amazing valentines day and spent it with your loved ones. If you would like to sign the petition for boycotting valentines day go to and spread the word.