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Sara Harp

Is Valentine’s Day necessary?

Is Valentines Day necessary?

February 28, 2020

Valentine’s Day is an unnecessary holiday

 

Valentine’s Day is the least important holiday on the calendar. Yes, it is sweet to buy chocolates and stuffed animals for your significant other, but you also have an anniversary which is much more special to you and your partner. Valentine’s Day is a day of pressure for young or new couples, and that does not need to be a holiday. If you really love someone, you don’t need one specific day to celebrate them, you should celebrate them every day of the year.

Because Valentine’s Day is in winter, we cannot grow flowers in many places in America. This means that we import them from South America. The number of cargo jets coming to Miami from Colombia and Ecuador in the month before Valentine’s Day keeps rising until there are hundreds of flights weekly. Because of the abundance of cargo flights, Valentine’s Day leaves a huge carbon footprint on the U.S. The amount of plastic used for wrapping candies and bouquets also adds on top of that footprint. 

Valentine’s Day is killing the earth and it is useless.

Valentine’s Day is important

 

Valentine’s Day is by far one of the most important days on the calendar. Valentine’s Day is a great way for couples new and old to share their appreciation of one another. On Valentine’s Day it is customary to buy your significant other a gift such as a stuffed animal, flowers, or chocolates but sometimes making a gift can be just as or more special than a store-bought gift. Valentine’s Day is a special day because it is one day a year that is specifically devoted to showing how much you care about your partner.

Valentines Day was originally called the Lupercalia festival, The festival was celebrated in the middle of February. During the festival, they would have a lottery pulled at random that decides who they would get the right to marry. At the end of the 5th century, Pope Gelasius I replaced Lupercalia with St. Valentine’s Day. St. Valentine was a Roman priest and physician who was killed for announcing his religious beliefs during the persecution of Christians by the emperor Claudius II Gothicus.  Valentine’s Day has been important to society since the 14th century and is a holiday we will celebrate for centuries to come.

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