Valentine’s Day

By: Chelsi Byrnes, Staff Writer

Valentine’s Day is coming up on February 14. What Valentine’s Day is really about and what others really see it as is completely different sides of the story. Some students may not cope with Valentine’s Day and the true love and compassion involved.

Here’s a little bit history on how Valentine’s Day started. It began in Rome in the third century in a Catholic church. A man named Claudius started to make it so that young lovers could secretly marry. The practice of writing Valentines didn’t start until 1400. In the 1600’s, Valentine’s Day became a holiday in countries such as the United States,Canada, Mexico, Australia, the United Kingdom and France. Americans made hand-exchanged Valentines in the early 1700’s. In the 1840’s, Esther A. Howland began selling the first mass-produced Valentines in America. By 1900, printed cards made it much easier to make Valentine’s Day cards than written cards. These days, about 1 million cards are sent out each year making Valentine’s Day the second largest card-sending holiday of the year. Cheaper post rates make it easier for more Valentine’s Day cards to be sent out.

However,  despite the long history of the holiday, student Sierra Dreesman thinks otherwise about how Valentine’s Day should be. She says she doesn’t like Valentine’s Day.

“The way Valentine’s Day is that it’s a product of Hallmark,” Dreesman, a Criminal Justice major, said. “Hallmark created this holiday to make bank, sell us balloons, chocolate and cards.”

Dreesman makes a comparison between those who aren’t as fortunate to have a Valentine and those who do. She disagrees on how this holiday works because not everyone is treated equally, and it’s unfair.

“There are two aspects: one is someone who has a significant other involved, and the other is someone who doesn’t,” Dreesman said. “You have these people who have an significant other and the pressure is on and you have to buy them chocolate, cards and balloons.”

She says that she has seen people fight over this holiday,and she has seen people in crisis when they don’t meet the standards that they have lead to believe.

“Valentine’s Day is a joke, it’s the epitome of consumerism,” she said.

Sierra makes the point that Valentine’s is a holiday that should happen everyday because you should love someone everyday and not make it just one day of giving them double the love.

“Why do we need a holiday to remind us to show we love someone?” she said. “We should constantly be showing our love for one another throughout the year, we shouldn’t rely on one day out of the year to do that.”

Rebecca Smith, another LSC student feels ambiguous about Valentine’s Day. She is happy with the fact that she is able to go on her very first Valentine’s date this year. However, she doesn’t like the reality of Valentine’s Day and how it really can be a pointless day in some ways because people don’t get loved if they are single.

“In all honesty, my opinion on Valentine’s Day is that a holiday shouldn’t be the only day you emphasize your love to family, friends, and loved ones.” Smith, a business major, said.

“This year is the first year I’ll even have a Valentine, but even so I know my boyfriend will show me just as much love and appreciation as any other day of the year,” Smith said. “The whole idea is sweet, but relatively pointless.”

Rebecca really shows that she cares about the singles as well as the couples in a similar way that Sierra does. Even though she has a boyfriend she says she feels everyone should be treated equally.

“It’s putting focus on the topic of love, but in reality it seems to promote mostly the opposite” Smith said.“It makes the single [people] notice loneliness that wouldn’t otherwise be there any other day of they year.”

Here’s some of the festivity that had happened years ago to celebrate Valentine’s Day. The Christian Church recognizes three saints named Valentine. They believed Valentine died from rescuing Romans from harsh, abusive prisons. Another way that Valentine died was that he might have been told to be put to his death by a man named Claudius. During the Middle Ages, England and France believed that the middle of February was bird-mating season, which meant love and people should feel loved.

The Romans celebrated a fertility festival on February 15 dedicated to Faunus, the Roman god of agriculture, as well as to the Roman founders Romulus and Remus.To begin the festival, members of the Luperci, an order of Roman priests, would gather at a sacred cave where the infants Romulus and Remus, the founders of Rome, were believed to have been cared for by a she-wolf or lupa. The priests would sacrifice a goat, for fertility, and a dog, for purification. They then strip the goat’s hide into strips, dip them into the blood and take to the streets, gently slapping both women and crop fields with the goat hide. Roman women welcomed the touch of the hides because they believed it would make them fertile the following year. Later in the day they would place their names into a big urn. The men would then pick a name of a woman and be with that woman for a whole year. These matches often end in marriage.

Clearly, Valentine’s Day hasn’t lived up to it’s historical origin. Valentine’s Day is not for everyone as you can tell by these quotations and opinions.