The Meaning of Valentine's Day
By: Michelle Lin
Valentine’s Day is known to most as the day of love, and as the day in which we celebrate humankind’s love for one another, whether that be in friendship, or in a significant other. But just like any other holiday, Valentine’s Day can also be a day to remember, and a day to appreciate. Perhaps our day of love was filled with anger, hatred, or sadness, or fear, or perhaps it was filled with love, compassion, and empathy. In retrospect, history has shown us that we don’t necessarily need a designated day to celebrate one another, and what they mean to us.
So if we don’t need a designated day, what is the point of Valentine’s Day? Holidays such as V-day- Valentine’s Day for short-still very much hold a prominent part in our lives, and rightfully so. Regardless of the point of having a day to celebrate the love we have for one another, it is without a doubt true that Valentine’s Day is a good day to remind us all of this common humanity that we all have, and a reminder of the things we still have in the midst of whatever we might be going through.
Valentine’s Day is not just a day to remind us of Love, but also as a reminder of kindness and happiness. Often times we forget what we can do to remind others of this kindness and love, and there are a multitude of ways in which we can show others, and remind others to celebrate these traits. Below is a simple list of what we can do, not just on Valentine’s Day, but realistically, on any day.
List of things we can do!
- Write a thank you letter once a week/a month to a different person letting them know how much you love and appreciate them.
- Understand what others need from you, so that you can be that for them, without them requesting you to do so.
- Do a week of chores for the whole family! (Or ask your siblings to help you with such!)
- Make them a surprise, a gift, a book, etc.
- Nature walks/outside evemts/something your loved one likes to do.