Is Valentine’s Day for Everyone?

Is Valentines Day for Everyone?

Sonya Avednano, Staff Writer

Valentine’s Day, celebrated annually on February 14th, is a holiday dedicated to expressing love and affection towards romantic partners. While some argue that the holiday should be celebrated and embraced, others argue that it is over-commercialized and unnecessary. 

One argument in favor of Valentine’s Day is that it provides an opportunity for individuals to express their love and appreciation for their partners. According to a survey conducted by the National Retail Federation, over half of Americans plan to celebrate Valentine’s Day by purchasing gifts for their significant others. These gifts can range from traditional items such as chocolates and flowers, to more creative and personal gestures, such as a homemade meal or a surprise weekend getaway. 

Additionally, Valentine’s Day can serve as a reminder to show love and appreciation to those around us, not just romantic partners. It can be a day to celebrate friendships and family relationships, as well as to spread kindness and positivity in our communities. 

On the other hand, some argue that Valentine’s Day is over-commercialized and puts unnecessary pressure on individuals to participate in the holiday. According to a study by the American Psychological Association, the pressure to have a romantic partner and participate in Valentine’s Day can lead to feelings of loneliness and inadequacy for those who are single. 

Furthermore, some argue that the holiday is a way for corporations to make money off of consumer spending. The National Retail Federation estimates that Americans will spend an average of $196 on Valentine’s Day gifts and activities, with total spending expected to reach over $27 billion. 

While some may enjoy the opportunity to express love and appreciation to their partners, others may find the holiday to be all about consumption. It is important to remember that expressing love and appreciation to those around us can be done year-round, and not just on one specific day.