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Significance of Valentine's Day~

February 11, 2013
By Maja Bursac of Thomas Nelson HS

When individuals think about Valentine's Day, red roses, candy in heart- shaped boxes, and saccharine sweet valentine's cards come to mind. But, like most holidays, there was a distinctive implication or struggle that brought about the holiday. While that original meaning may have been lost over time, we have grown to believe that Valentine's Day is about being in love, or providing and receiving it.
The merriment of the day began with the life and death of a man. A bishop by the name of Valentine stood against an Emperor's decree that Roman soldiers could not marry. He married them anyway, in secrecy of course, because he thought the Emperor's edict was wrong and went against the glory of young love. Valentine's acts were legendary and daring. Label treachery, he was martyred. In memory of Valentine's deeds, Pope Gelasius declared him a saint and the day of his execution, February 14th, became known as Valentine's Day.
In ancient times, Valentine's Day was marked as the remembrance of a man who took a stand for what he believed in. As time when on, it was a day when young men would impress their ladies or crushes with a simple act of affection, such as letters or something cliché of the sort to provide the significant other with a small act that hides behind a lot of connotative emotion. Today, it is knows as a day to display love, courtship, and affection for the ones they feel intimacy with.
Although love and affection is what it displays as today, everyone sees it differently. Love has phases, so depending on which period an individual is in; they will display their perspective on this day quite differently than someone from a different age group.
For children, Valentine's Day is about friendship. Cards and candies are given to those who they care about from their mother, father, and playground group.
For adolescents, Valentine's Day is about the hope of love. Teens offer giggles and blushes to their crushes. With their offerings of cards, letters, candies and flowers, they anticipate that someone special will like them back and reciprocate the feelings.
For singles, Valentine's Day means commitment. Valentine's Day is after all about the search for lasting love. Between special dates and special dinners, the day is full of sharing and reflecting. For some, Valentine's becomes the ultimate day of love and is set as a wedding day.
For couples, Valentine's Day is a reminder of love. After commitment and partaking, Valentine's Day, just like special time to set aside, is to recollect courtship, share special feelings, and recommit for the years to come.
For parents, Valentine's Day is a shared love and an opportunity to teach about love. Children, whether biological or adopted, are the product of committed love and inspire a new found appreciation for a partner and a sense of family.
For most, Valentine's Day is a happy occasion. But, for so many, Valentine's Day is bittersweet. For those who've lost loved ones, Valentine's Day is a sad day that they long for the past and honor those they loved. For those lonely souls, Valentine's Day is a recap that a basic human need to belong has gone unsatisfied.
Valentine's Day is a holiday about the human heart! It offers us a day to hope and to share life with a person or people we love.

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