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Stop hating on Valentine’s Day

Illustration: Thayer Sindelar· The Sentry

A day of love should not be associated with hate 

Once upon a time, Valentine’s Day had evolved to symbolize a day of romance. Today, it is notoriously defined by cards, chocolates, and flowers, causing the day itself and the connotations that accompany it to elicit very different feelings—joy that fills the hearts of couples, or hate that enrages those who are either single or think the holiday is overrated. This interesting dichotomy creates a rift leading up to and on Feb. 14, but a day of love should not cause people to be overflowing with hate. 

First of all, Valentine’s Day is not going anywhere. The people who are vehemently opposed have tried to dismantle the holiday through either hateful or pitiful expressions, such as blaming couples for having a holiday to themselves or wanting sympathy for being single. These actions have not been successful in breaking apart the holiday yet, so instead, it needs to be embraced… by everyone. It is a day where couples can celebrate the loving relationship they share, and there is no reason that they should be denied that in the same way that people should not be stripped of their celebrations on any holiday for that matter.

There are still plenty of activities for people who are not in a relationship to do on the 14th. If people do not want to be surrounded by the heightened emotions of love, they can have an alternative Valentine’s celebration, such as Galentine’s Day, and spend it with their best friends. But the love doesn’t have to end there. For those who hate Valentine’s Day, why not channel that hateful energy into something positive and appreciate the love they have for their family?

If going out doesn’t sound appealing, then why not enjoy a relaxing night in and avoid the hype? Besides, restaurants and other popular places on Valentine’s Day are often crowded. 

Yes, Valentine’s Day can be somewhat of a “Hallmark holiday” that is rather superficial and expensive, but to be completely honest, what people choose to do on Valentine’s Day is their choice, and they should be able to fulfill those plans in peace, as they affect no one else besides themselves and the ones they hold dear. People opposed to the holiday need to grow thicker skin and not be so sensitive when Feb. 14 comes around on the calendar. After all, it is only one day out of the year. 

The point is this: Let those who have been struck by Cupid’s arrow enjoy themselves on Valentine’s Day, and let them live their happily ever after.

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