Valentine’s Day

“The greatest happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved.” Victor Hugo

There are some people who despise the idea of a holiday dedicated to the celebration of love and affection. It has been called “Singles Awareness Day” by those bitter persons who want to reach out to their fellow single people. I am single and I do not share this perspective. In fact, I think Valentine’s Day is a wonderful holiday. It’s a break from the dreariness of everyday. I love walking around school seeing girls carrying around teddy bears, balloons, and flowers. Even if I don’t have anything special to carry around, it’s nice to see so much love all around. It’s like a carnival. And it’s reassuring to see that the world is not always the dark place some people make it out to be. These people are forgetting that this day is not all about lovers and married couples. I choose to celebrate with my friends and family, because Valentine’s Day should be for celebrating everyone you love, not only relationships of romantic love.

It’s truly disgusting to know that there is such a thing as “anitvalentinism.” Yes, that’s right. The cynical fools have united forming a coalition of misguided critics. Some more tolerable antivalentinists believe that Valentine’s Day has become too commercialized which has taken away from the values of the holiday. I can understand where they’re coming from as it has become almost a necessity in relationships to buy flowers, jewelry, chocolates, teddy bears, or at least a card for one another. Then there are those misanthropic antivalentinists who criticize the holiday for its supposed “forced observation of romantic love.” Hey, no one is forcing you to do anything. These are the people who give out anti-valentines focused on sarcasm and mocking the romance of Valentine’s Day and who hold “anti-V.D. Day” events (V.D. is the abbreviation for venereal disease). These are the people I’m targeting with this post. I know you’re out there, waiting desperately to diminish this innocent day of appreciation and affection by rallying all the cynics together for one big hate fest.

Thanks to Wikipedia, I found some interesting information. I bet these bitter people don’t know that in Finland Valentine’s Day is called Ystävänpäivä, which translates into “Friend’s day.” There, it is a day about remembering all your friends, not only your loved ones. Estonia celebrates a similar holiday called Sõbrapäev, which has the same meaning.

So you see, those of you wearing black this Valentine’s Day, whether in protest or trying to be a ninja, you should have all the facts before going moping around. It may be nice to have a romantic love to celebrate on Valentine’s Day, but there are so many other people in our lives whose love should be commemorated. Commercialized or not, I’m single and I believe this holiday is a great one.

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