Is Valentine’s Day a marketing scam?

Valentine’s Day is meant to be a day of love and a day for the exchange of tokens of affection. But is the business market behind making Valentine’s Day, a day so they can get extra cash?

On 14th February, Valentine’s Day is celebrated all around the world, but here are a couple of things you should ask yourself.  Do you need a specific day to tell someone how you feel? 

These are a few reasons why some argue that Valentine’s Day (V-day) is a scam controlled by the marketing business, because if you are in love, then you should tell the person you’re in a relationship with how you feel every day.   Why should we have to wait for a specific day to show someone appreciation? Do you need to go for a fancy and expensive dinner when you could cook some better food at home? Why do hotel/restaurant rates increase significantly just because it’s February 14th? Why is it that advertising increases for flowers and chocolates on 14th February?

V-Day regularly spreads far more pain than love. First, there are all the people out there who aren’t married, dating, or in a serious relationship. Or worse, there are those who just broke up with someone or are going through a rough divorce.  Valentine’s Day is just a way of the calendar giving some folks a slap in the face.

However, before you judge Valentine’s Day we should look at where all of it came from (the history basically).valentinecard

The origin of Valentine’s Day can be traced back to the Roman times, so it is a very old tradition. The Romans would have a festival every year in February called Lupercalia.  During Lupercalia, the boys would draw names of girls out of a box and the girl they picked would become his girlfriend throughout the festival and in very rare cases they would get married.  Later on the church wanted to turn Lupercalia into a Christian festival and decided to use it to remember St Valentine too.

What do you think about Valentine’s day?




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