Valentine’s Day Stupid or Nah?

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Graphic by Tommy Danaher '15

Olivia Ceccato '16, Arts and Entertainment Editor

Flowers, candy, hearts and romance. That’s what Valentine’s Day is all about, right? No.

The back story to this holiday is actually not very romantic. Valentine, a Christian priest, had been thrown in prison for his teachings. On February 14, he was beheaded because he was a Christian and also because he had performed a “miracle”. He supposedly cured the jailer’s daughter of her blindness. The night before he was executed, he wrote the jailer’s daughter a farewell letter, signing it “From Your Valentine.”

There is also the story of the massacre that brought about Valentine’s Day. The Saint Valentine’s Day Massacre is the name given to the 1929 murder of six mob associates and a mechanic of the North Side Irish gang.

Personally, I don’t see much of a point to Valentine’s Day. It doesn’t feel like much of a holiday, especially when you know the history. There are plenty of people in the world who will not have a Valentine this year, or the next. So, it’s not a day that everyone will be able to celebrate.

Valentine’s Day is also over played as an excuse to be super romantic and cute. Not that I have anything against all of that, in fact I sometimes like it, but each day you have with your sweetheart should be special.

Valentine’s Day is not only a pointless holiday; it also originated from violence, not love. Think about that when shopping for tomorrow.