Here it's always been about friends instead. People send cards to their friends and give gifts, celebrate their friendship. We used to have hug events in school for collecting and giving hugs to school mates. Of course the commercialism is catching up. We Finns like to copy what people do elsewhere. But the official name of the date is still Friends' day.
Both styles have a downside. Not everyone is in a romantic relationship and not everyone has friends. People could also argue that both lovers and friends should be appreciated every day. They don't need a special day. But what do you think? A stupid commercial holiday or a nice gesture to your loved ones? Would you rather celebrate friendship or love, or maybe both?
Most Helpful Guy
I'd rather celebrate it in a more friendly way, instead of romantic way. Since I've been hurt multiple times when it comes to love. The singles need appreciation too, especially in a day where they otherwise would've been snowed in by lovers. Valentine's day is pretty much just marketing. A day in which the sales of roses and chocolate almost double. You should give your partner a gift, almost every day, not just February 14th. Most of the time, the guys are the one that have to give the flowers, while it's possible to be the other way, for a shy person like me, it would be more beneficial if it went otherwise. But hey, I like chocolate, and this day offers me enough of it to eat for a day or two.
Most Helpful Girl
... I feel like celebrating non-romantic relationships, as well as romantic ones, is done in several places. I mean, back when I was single, I'd invite my friends out for dinner for Valentine's day, followed by some wine and watching romcoms afterwards too.
Also, whether retail stores are churning out Valentine's day merchandise for couples or just friends, that wouldn't change how the holiday is primarily a money-grab either way.