The History of Valentine’s Day

The History of Valentines Day

MiKayla Evans, WHS Reporter

Valentine’s Day also referred to as St. Valentines day, is a holiday where people show their love for someone very special to them. It has been around since the 14 century. Since it first occurred people have modified and modernized what Valentine’s day means and what it stands for. Nowadays people buy chocolate and flowers for their loved one but back then it was all about, “the coming of spring, included fertility rites and the pairing off of women with men by lottery” (Britannica 1998). Its all about what you get a person and the big gestures somehow make the whole thing come together. New couples who have only been dating each other for a short while love to go all out and get big stuffed bears and big boxes of chocolate for their girlfriend/or boyfriend. Couples who have been together for quite a while getting each other something that means a lot but they don’t try and go all out. They buy them a card and some flowers, maybe clean the house or something that would make the other happy.

Greeting card companies have made a fortune off of Valentines, birthdays, and any other major holiday. They put cute little quotes about the holiday and sell them to people. They see holidays as a way of making money. Valentine’s day is just another day the greeting card companies can just make a profit from but they are not the only ones who take this holiday for granted and as easy money. Flower shops and other places that offer the opportunity to give that one lucky person a bushel or dozens of roses. To most people, valentines day can be a big deal but to some, it’s just a regular day. Though some may take advantage of this holiday, others look at it as a chance to show the partner how much they care and how much they are loved.