What will people do on Valentines Day?

Juan. Avila and Jasmine Jimenez

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According to a Morton East survey of 120 students, 77% will celebrate Valentine’s Day and 23% will not.

Valentine’s day has always been celebrated for centuries, but the true origins as to how it started to many are unknown. According to a National Public Radio valentine’s day is likely to have begun in ancient Roman times. (https://www.npr.org/2011/02/14/133693152/the-dark-origins-of-valentines-day) “The Emperor Claudius II executed two men — both named Valentine — on Feb. 14 of different years in the 3rd century A.D. Their martyrdom was honored by the Catholic Church with the celebration of St. Valentine’s Day.” Valentine’s day is commonly known as a holiday in which a lot of Americans go out and buy gifts for their special someone and according to Forbes, (https://www.forbes.com/sites/niallmccarthy/2016/02/12/valentines-day-2016-americas-20-billion-dollar-day-of-love-infographic/#115728eb6bdf) “That’s a total of $20.7 billion as consumers buy more cards and candy for friends, family, co-workers – and pets.” And not to mention every valentines day isn’t complete without roses. According to a website that specializes in flowers, (https://www.proflowers.com/blog/how-many-roses-are-sold-valentines-day) “Men purchase about 75 percent of the 110 million roses sold in the U.S. at this time every year.”

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 “I think valentine’s day isn’t only for couples. It can also be about good friends you can really trust and it’s also a day to recognize them and thank them for anything they’ve helped us through.” Parent Silvia Rodriguez said. 

As above valentines day is not reserved just for boyfriend and girlfriend it also can serve as a day to thank friends and family that help us through life’s struggles. And give them a day of appreciation. 

“I remember when I was in grade school, we used to always bring sweets from home and share with the kids in our class and even give valentine’s day cards to each other. Those were the good times,” Senior Joel Lopez said. 

Although it’s been years since we’ve been in grade school it’s the good memories that stay with us and continue to exist. Although we don’t have a day at the school dedicated to giving treats at school it wouldn’t hurt to think about it. 

 “For Valentine’s day I’m probably going to go out to eat with my girlfriend and get her some flowers, lately I’ve noticed she is always bringing up valentine’s day,” Junior Jose Ramirez said. 

It’s good to see some people still take time out of their day to celebrate valentine’s day with one another and the company of someone else. Although not everyone can eventually good things come to those who wait. 

“I’m working until 11 at night, I don’t see the purpose of doing anything special since I don’t have anyone to enjoy it with, but I plan on buying my mom some flowers still,” Sophomore Gustavo Ariza said. 

As above not everyone has the chance to spend the day with their significant other whether because of work or personal issues. Still, people try to stay happy and maintain a positive attitude despite their current situation.  

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