Valentine’s Day: What’s the new do?

Valentine’s Day inspired photo
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Love is in the air at Florida A&M University, as the student body prepares for Valentine’s Day. A day dedicated to spreading love and gift giving, Valentine’s Day arrives like clockwork every year, casting its spell of love and affection over people worldwide. 

 Over time, the Valentine’s Day tradition has remained the same over generations. Now, in Generation Z (Gen Z), where it’s normal for trends to come and go, the question remains: what do people do on Valentine’s Day? 

 For many people, Valentine’s Day is not just about romantic love but also about self-love and platonic connections. Social media platforms are flooded with messages of self-care, empowering quotes, and friendship appreciation posts.  

 Jordon Donaldson, a Florida State alum, said that despite not having any real traditions, he tries to spend the day with his significant other or his mother. 

 “I usually don’t have traditions,” Donaldson told the Famuan. “I only celebrate Valentine’s Day if I have someone to celebrate it with or I will do something for my mom.” Donaldson added. 

 But Valentine’s Day isn’t just for couples; it’s a day to celebrate all forms of love. There are a couple of misconceptions when it comes down to celebrating Valentine’s Day.  

 Deondre Walker, a fourth-year interdisciplinary studies major, said that people typically go on dates and dress up. Walker also said the most common misconception about Valentine’s Day is the notion of gift giving.  

 “I would say the most common thing that usually happens are dinner dates, going out and looking good with your significant other,” Walker said. “The most common misconception, I think, is the idea that you have to buy your valentine a gift.” He added.  

 Yet, amid the celebrations, there are those who find themselves alone on Valentine’s Day. But even in solitude, there is solace to be found.  

 Jarvis Coleman, a third-year public relations scholar, said that he does not normally celebrate the occasion because it doesn’t make sense to him. Even though he’s watched his parents celebrate the holiday, Coleman also compares his disinterest to a person’s church attendance. 

 “I don’t celebrate Valentine’s Day because it just doesn’t make sense to me,” Coleman said. “Even though I watched my parents celebrate often… it’s like having parents who go to church but never going for yourself.” 

 Overall, Gen Z’s Valentine’s Day celebrations reflect their values of inclusivity, authenticity, and connection, highlighting a shift towards more meaningful and holistic expressions of love and appreciation.