By Zoe Hyland
While Valentine’s Day has a widespread significance to the students of Novato High, most people agree that this day is best celebrated with the people you love, whether it’s a family member or a special someone.
Annually celebrated on February 14th, Valentine’s Day traditions have changed drastically over the years. Now, it is expected to show special attention to significant others, and shower them with gifts, flowers, and most importantly chocolate. Why is it that on one specific day out of the year we are supposed to exhibit more love and adoration towards a person than any other given day spent with them?
Our school’s leadership class does a lot to make everyone feel loved on this unofficial “holiday,” but some people are just annoyed and aggravated when this day finally arrives.
One of these students is senior Hayley Gray who isn’t so keen on this mid-February holiday.
“Valentine’s Day is the most worthless holiday we have, and I don’t like it. I think it just makes some people sad,” Gray said.
In the weeks preceding this special day, Novato High typically offers Valentine’s Day grams, which are for sale to send to the person of your choosing. Many people associate these grams with a crush, a boyfriend or a girlfriend, but senior leadership student Sarah Bailey says many people send these grams to their friends as well.
“I believe they are the most popular due to the physical gram. You either get a bundle or a single flower along with a personalized paper gram with a handwritten message on it,” Bailey said.
One school tradition that has caught the attention of more and more students is the paper hearts put up on the cafeteria wall with the names of every student who attends NHS. People wear the paper hearts of their friends, siblings, and significant others, making students feel the love on this day.
“We also have lunchtime activities all throughout the week to keep everyone in the loving spirit,” Bailey said.
Senior Gisselle De Leon finds that Valentine’s Day has more significance now that she is dating someone.
“I enjoy Valentine’s Day a lot more now than I used to when I was single,” said De Leon. “When I was single it wasn’t that much of a big deal to me since I had nobody to celebrate it with, but now that I have a partner we can celebrate together.”
While many students do seem to enjoy celebrating this holiday, most of them see the excessive advertisement of Valentine’s Day as somewhat off-putting.
Sophomore Grace Nakashima is a Valentine’s Day celebrator who believes this day isn’t just limited to celebrating with a significant other, but celebrating with friends is also a great idea.
“I love Valentine’s Day but it is somewhat overrated,” Nakashima said. “For example, when walking into Target the day after Christmas and getting Valentine’s Day stuff shoved into our faces, makes the holiday seem like such a big deal.”
Senior Luke Erickson doesn’t think Valentine's Day is overrated, but does think that it is over-commercialized.
“Valentine’s Day is another opportunity to remind people you love them and do something special for them,” Erickson said. “I usually give a Valentine to my mom because I love her and she’s the best, and usually to a friend or two.”
Senior Kayla Kuper doesn’t like the idea behind Valentine’s Day. She thinks people should get their special someone gifts when possible and treat them with extra love everyday, not just once a year.
“I’m probably going to go to See’s candy and buy a bunch of chocolate for myself, and then go home and cry,” said Kuper.
While students at Novato High all have differing opinions of this emotion-filled day, they can all agree that showing attention to the people you love is most important. Whether you are the type of person to shower the special people in your life with gifts, chocolate, a specialized card, or you are the person to scale back on the celebrations, Valentine’s Day has a significance in everyone’s life.