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Valentine’s Day


Valentine’s Day is a well-known holiday on February 14th that celebrates love of all kinds. Historically, Valentine’s Day is the celebration of Saint Valentine, who was a clergyman in the 3rd century. Since then, this holiday has evolved to be a celebration of love with friends or a significant other. 

We asked many students at Tuscarora what their plans were for Valentine’s Day. Some of the students we asked had a romantic evening planned out with their significant other. Natalie Hayman, a senior at Tuscarora, shared her Valentine’s Day plans with Nick Sheehan. “My boyfriend is taking me out to dinner. The place is a surprise. I’m not sure where we’re going, and he’ll probably get me flowers and a cute basket. I got him a basket of treats, so I’m excited. Then this weekend, we’re going to go pottery making!” A classic Valentine’s Day date usually involves dinner and an exchange of gifts. The traditional gifts for this holiday include chocolates and flowers. Valentine’s Day is a great excuse to show appreciation for your partner. 

Though the better-known tradition is to spend this day with your partner, others spend Valentine’s Day with a group of close friends. Josie Peterson, a freshman at Tuscarora, said, “This weekend, I’m going to Shoes downtown with my friend Caelyn.” 

There is also a less well-known way to celebrate “Galentine’s” Day. “Galentine’s” is a chance for a group of girls to celebrate this sweet holiday with each other. Emma Hecht, a senior at Tuscarora, participated in a Galentine’s hangout with her friends. “We all showed up at our friend’s house and made heart-shaped pizzas. We also had brownies, chocolate-covered strawberries, and other fun, heart-shaped desserts. Then we played some board games, and it was super fun.” Most friend groups love Galentines because it is the perfect way for a group to get together and do fun activities, such as baking, going out to dinner, and playing games. 

There’s a common misconception that Valentine’s Day can only be celebrated if you have a partner and that there’s no point in celebrating it if you do not have one. However, that is not true at all. Valentine’s Day isn’t just for couples. It is a way to show your love and appreciation for anyone you care about. Valentine’s Day can be spent with your friends, partner, or family. 

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