Debate: Valentine's Day is silly, unnecessary, and pointless

Maybe it’s time to cancel this "holiday”

Read the other half of this debate here.

February is famous for having the fewest days of all the months of the year, as well as the only month to change its total number of days, causing every four years to get an extra day during a leap year.

Like all other months, however, it too still has plenty of holidays to celebrate, including Groundhog Day, Mardi Gras, and Chinese New Year. And probably the most famous holiday that occurs on the fourteenth of this unique month: Valentine’s Day.

Valentine’s Day has always been regarded as a special day for people to celebrate feelings of love. It’s the holiday where businesses put out a lot of red and white decorations that may be shaped like hearts alongside gifts like flowers and chocolates for people to purchase. People go all out with big plans, surprising their significant other with love and affection. It’s also the holiday for people who are single and ready to mingle.

However, I think Valentine’s Day is one of, if not the worst, holiday of the year.

It is recognized as a holiday internationally, and has become a time where people want to share their love with their special someone. What are all the single people supposed to do without a special someone? Go find someone to be with so that they don’t have to feel bad about being alone?

No one should need someone else to make them happy, and all that anyone needs to be happy is themselves.

February 14 is a time of the year for an easy cash grab for big companies to profit from people’s emotions and relationships. With flowers and chocolates alongside everything else, there are plenty of businesses out there doing what they can to make money by telling people to buy things that people may not want or need.

They also say, in subtle ways, that you or the person you want to make happy could be upset if they don’t have this or that product. If there is a special someone to please, I am sure they will be happy to receive any gift.

Why is there one specific day dedicated to showing your love to someone? While I can see the argument that time or other circumstances may not always be appropriate in some instances, I say that people should just show their love to their special someone as often as they can.

The special someone doesn’t even have to be a boyfriend, girlfriend, partner, or spouse. This can be a sibling, friend, or just someone on good terms that always makes your life better just a little bit.

Celebrating love doesn’t even have to involve something grandiose like a fancy date or giving someone expensive jewelry or shoes. Something as simple as just saying thanks and spending time with people you like being around is already more than enough.

Overall, Valentine’s Day is a holiday that causes plenty of problems, leads to more stress than joy in some instances, and should be left to be alone in a bin like all the discounted chocolate put up for clearance that people can get as soon as February 15 rolls around.


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