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The Curse Of Valentines Day Essay

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Valentine’s Day is an over commercialized holiday which can provide romantic hope to individuals by encouraging people to slow down and appreciate the people they love. The dark history of Valentine’s Day gave way to couples trying to meet set expectations and single people feeling excluded. The day is not completely harmful, though, as Valentine’s Day has the ability to bond people and give romantic hope to individuals. The middle of February however was not always this romantic celebration of love.

In an attempt to control an early Roman fertility holiday known as Lupercalia, the Christian Church chose the middle of February as St. Valentine’s day, but the day was not associated with ...view middle of the document...

These gifts usually come in pink, white and red. They are often accompanied by fancy dinners and, in more serious couples, wedding proposals. (“Bet You Didn’t Know: Valentine’s Day”)

These overpriced gifts suggest that love is something one can buy and that Valentine’s Day is the day of the year to buy it. The commercialization of this holiday and romance as a whole is not always effective at bringing people together. The idea of an amazing or perfect Valentine’s Day puts countless pressure on couples, sometimes causing falters within the relationship. Expectations are sometimes generated by the traditions associated with the day. For instance if one believes flowers are what one should receive on Valentine’s Day, they will expect flowers. Blame or hurt feelings can happen if one partner’s expectations are not met.

All of the focus on love and couples means there is very little room for a single person to participate in Valentine’s Day. The exception to this is if a single individual is interested in pursuing a method to find a partner, for instance speed dating. This exclusion from the holiday can ostracize individuals with no partner and bring their worth as an individual into question due solely to their lack of a relationship. Further exclusion occurs from the sight of couple related traditions such as all restaurants being full of happy couples on Valentine’s Day.

This over commercialized tradition which encourages the...

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