Is Valentine’s Day Overrated?


Janelle White

Above, the photo illustration is an embodiment of someone who likes Valentine’s Day so the the guy in the photo is sitting on someone who doesn’t like it! (Photo Illustration by Janelle White)

Valentine’s Day is a well known holiday where many take the time to celebrate their loved ones. As it approaches, people are excited to celebrate love but people have different opinions on the holiday.   

Sophomore Grant Santos likes Valentine’s Day. “Love is in the air and it’s a day where people can feel confident with telling people things.”

One of his best moments of the holiday was, “It was in 6th grade, I had a huge crush on this one girl but during that time I was extremely shy. Like I didn’t talk to anybody else, and I mean absolutely anybody, except for my friend group. I wanted to get her something for Valentine’s Day and so the day before Valentine’s Day, I went to the store and put together this really nice gift. So the next day at the end of class, I forced myself to get over my shyness and give her the gift and everything turned out fine, “ he remarked. He continues explaining that it helped him a lot to get over his fear of talking to girls. 

Senior Martina Sadeek also loves the holiday. “What I love about the holiday is that it is a time to appreciate your loved ones. [The spirit of Valentine’s Day] brings me joy when I see my family and friends happy,” she commented. When asked about her traditions on the holiday, she said, “Yes, I give candy! It’s always nice to give out candy to my friends.”

“The best Valentines that I have ever had was in 2019 when I was able to celebrate it with my family and friends. We all gathered around on a phone call since we live across seas and we just appreciated the time that we spent together catching up with each other,” Martina said. 

“It’s always a fun way to give gifts and other stuff,” 8th grader Naomilei Caraig said. 

According to Statista, over 51 percent celebrate Valentine’s day. This is one of the most controversial holidays. When asked about her opinion on Valentines Day 7th grader Kalyn Tran said, “I don’t really like it. I mean, I don’t really do anything so I guess there’s just nothing to like for me.” 

“Personally, I do not like the holiday. I feel that it is a reminder about people’s loneliness and that there is no one to celebrate it with,” Sophomore Elena Jimenez stated. She also continues saying, “[Valentine’s Day] can be pretty expensive and sometimes people don’t have the money to pay for things like jewelry, flowers, and candy. It can make people feel bad about themselves.  You don’t need a specific day to show your loved ones you care about them. You can do it on any average day.” 

Valentine’s Day is a holiday full of love for friends and family. People can have different views and opinions on Valentine’s Day and what it means to them. Americans usually spend 2.4 million dollars on candy for Valentines Day. Chocolate is the most popular sweet to buy during the holiday. On average, consumers spend over 70 dollars. People can express their love by buying gifts for their loved ones.