True Valentine Stories

Valentine’s Day, is known to be one of the most romantic holidays of the year. This may be true for some people, but for others it may seem like the end of the world. Valentine’s Day has been considered to be a holiday where public display of affection is permitted in public places. Couples everywhere spends hundreds of dollars buying gifts like chocolates, stuff animals, Hallmark cards, and jewelry. These images make for great commercials, but what really happens to chicas on this romantic holiday? Some Latinitas share their Valentine’s Day stories.

“We do not celebrate Valentine’s Day on the 14th, instead we celebrate it on the 15th or on the 16th,” said Tori. “We think that it is pretty dumb to celebrate our love one day and make a big deal out of it. Instead you should celebrate love every day,” said the young couple.”

Dating since their junior year in high school, the couple mentioned that they have started this tradition since they have been dating. “Celebrating Valentine’s Day a day later is also benefiting us financially. I mean think about it everything (prices) goes down from candy to stuff animals, you name it. It may be sound like we are cheap, but hey as a student, discounts are great” said the young couple.

Another couple began their relationship the day before Valentine’s Day.

Lucia and Carlos said, “We did not do anything together for Valentine’s Day, instead we celebrate it with our family and close friends. I mean what’s the point celebrating this day together if we haven’t been together for more than 24 hours.” The couple also mentioned that it was better to celebrate it with their family and friends because it gave an opportunity for them to enjoy their company.

“I think we did okay not spending that day together. We realized that it has become more of ‘Who can spend more’ rather than enjoying each other’s company,” said Carlos. The couple has tried to spend whatever chance they get to spend together and are very happy where their relationship is going.

It may seem that Valentine’s Day, is all about love. Unfortunately, that is not entirely true. This holiday can also turn out to be the worst holiday for others.

A couple who was dating for almost a year had decided to end their relationship on the day of Valentine’s Day. “It was so hard for me to move on. I thought our relationship was going good. I mean yeah we had our arguments but what couple doesn’t have those days,” said Vannessa.

Vannessa had said that she is slowly moving on and putting the past behind her. “I want to prove to everyone, especially myself, that it is possible to move on after a long relationship and as a Hispanic woman, I was always taught to be strong and not let man ruin me. That is exactly what I am going to do,” said Vannessa.

This holiday means different things for everyone. “Love comes to us differently and also gives different outcomes to us. It is up to us how we make the most of it,” shared Vannessa.

By Claudia Oliva

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