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Valentine's Day is a day like any other. Right?

Ivana Pelisek | Interrobang | Opinion | February 9th, 2009



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Society frowns upon those who don't partake in such festivities as buying expensive red roses and sending over-the-top love letters that should in fact be considered the other 364 days out of the year. Or am I the only one who feels this way?

Why is it that I almost feel guilty when asked by a sales associate why I'm not buying some over-the-top gift for that special someone in my life?

Not being a fan of Valentine's Day myself, I can justify why people would want to take in the joys of this once-a-year special type of a day, but for me it has always been a great excuse for another night out with my bestest girlfriends.

Getting dolled up and going out for a night on the town has always seemed a better fit for us anyhow.

As a matter of fact, for as long as I can remember even if we had boyfriends, the girl's night has always been more of a priority for us.

According to Wikipedia, Valentine's Day or Saint Valentine's Day is a holiday that is celebrated by most around the globe on February 14.

The traditional day is meant to represent how lovers feel toward one another and so they express this undying love by sending cards, or flowers, or whatever tickles their fancy.

This particular holiday is named after two early Christian martyrs named Valentine.

An alternative theory, according to the above source, noted that Belarus states that the holiday originates from the story of Saint Valentine, who was rejected by his mistress. Upon his rejection he was terribly heartbroken so he decided to take a knife to his chest and sent his mistress his still-beating heart as a token of his undying love he had for her. Because of this theory, heart-shaped cards are now sent as a tribute for his pain and suffering he encountered by being rejected.

Now is that really a reason why we as a society should celebrate our love?

Aside from how V-Day is a holiday, why must lovers celebrate specifically on this given day?

I find it too easy to pick up a bouquet of flowers as it is too publicized so any idiot is to not forget just what day it is.

The idea of romance should not be so significant on one overly advertised day, but every day for that matter.

This I remind you, is strictly my opinion and in no way shape or form do I expect for someone else to share the same feelings towards this holiday, but simply put I believe that V-Day should be everyday, not overly emphasized once a year.

The little notes, the thank-you for being you cards and out of the ordinary little acts of kindness is what matters to me; and doing them because you want to, not because someone says it's the proper thing to do.
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