Opinion: Valentine’s Day is worth celebrating

Bree Soule, Online Editor-in-Chief

Valentine’s Day is typically loved or hated— there’s not much in between. Those who dread the holiday normally blame it on the stigma that Valentine’s Day is only for couples, but that’s not the case. 

Valentine’s Day is a celebration of love, friendship and admiration. This is worth celebrating whether you’re in a relationship or not. I understand how people may feel like the day is only for couples because that’s typically the type of people you see celebrating, but once you fall out of that mindset, you’ll realize how important Valentine’s Day actually is. 

According to the Bustle website, “Single or partnered, February 14th is a great day to let your friends know how much they mean to you. Whether it’s a quick email, a three-page love letter written in scented ink or just a text that says ‘ur the gr8st!’ show your BFFs the love!”

In today’s day and age, people need a dedicated day to celebrate their friendship which Valentine’s Day is for; it’s for all those you love. As Buzzfeed puts it, we need a day to reconnect because technology has distanced people from human connection. 

Valentine’s Day is a great excuse to go out on a date with your significant other, send your loved ones a card, buy chocolate, visit friends and family and numerous other things. Not every Valentine’s Day celebration has to do with spending a bunch of money. Just spending time with those you love on this holiday is enough for most. Those who dread Valentine’s Day just because they are single are missing the entire point of the holiday. It’s not a “reminder that you’re single,” or that “you’re alone,” it’s a reminder to everyone to show those they love a little appreciation. 

This is what makes Valentine’s Day such a great holiday. Love is in the air between friends, family and couples. It’s a day dedicated to love, which everyone needs in their lives. Now it’s not the only day to share love by any means. You can do that any day of the year. But it rather serves as “yet another opportunity to let those whom we love know how much we love and appreciate them,” as stated by Delta HomeCare. 

This Valentine’s Day, make sure you show your appreciation to those around you. This day is so important for people to celebrate and it’s a great holiday because the entire meaning behind it is celebrating the people you love. What could be bad about that? The holiday has so much meaning behind it, some people just need to dig deeper to realize there’s more than one way to celebrate.