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Love is in the air with Valentine’s Day being just a few days away. Everett is swarmed with Valentine’s Day sales, with chocolate roses from the girls tennis team, Candy sticks from the Asian Club and couples’ photos provided by the Viking Voice. Selling things to love sick teenagers is a fast and easy way to make money.
“Selling sweets for Valentine’s Day was a no brainer, because couples are real popular in high school and people love getting candy,” said Asian Club President senior Vi Nguyen.
Quick history lesson! Valentine’s day is been derived from both ancient Christian and Roman traditions. Roman festival of Lupercalia was held on February 15th. Pope Gelasius intended to honor three early Christian saints by the name of Valentine and all three of them were said to have been martyred on 14th February. The Roman emperor banned marriage. Kindly bishop Valentine saw this unfair so he secretly performed many marriages for young lovers. Whenever lovers thought of marrying, they went to Valentine who met them afterwards in a secret place, and joined them in the sacrament of matrimony. He was caught and is believed to have been executed on February 14, 270 AD. Now Valentine’s Day is a day to show your love for others by exchanging gifts and sending cards.
Sales at Everett are only a small percentage of what people spend for their Valentines. In the United States $448 million is spent on candy the week before Valentine’s Day.
According to Belle Reynoso reporter for CNN an average person in the US will spend $130.97 and 6 million people are expected to propose on Valentine’s Day.
“I spend $20-$100 on gifts for my boyfriend on Valentine’s day”, said fourth year dancer senior Chloe Anderson.
With all the sales there is nothing wrong with a gift made from the heart. You can make a card, make paper roses, or put together a scrapbook. If you do not have a boyfriend or girlfriend this Valentine’s Day, don’t sit around! Make plans with your friends or even get up the courage to ask out your crush. The sky’s the limit when it comes to what you can do with love everywhere.