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Valentine's Day. It's here every Feb. 14 and we always know when it's coming. Everything in the stores turns pink and red and, suddenly, your television set seems to have lost the ability to air commercials for things other than jewelry and chocolate.

For me, Valentine's Day passes like just another day of the year. For some reason, though, Valentine's Day seems to raise some of the most heated opinions of all the holidays.

This once-religious holiday has become a day for young lovers to exchange gifts and for everyone else to sit at home either watching chick flicks and eating self-bought chocolate or, like me, simply letting it pass.

Those who dislike Valentine's Day often refer to it as being an unnecessary commercial ploy. It is also often said that people shouldn't need a special day set aside to appreciate those they love and argue that it typically won't even do much for the state of a relationship.

Fans of Valentine's Day say the opposite.

Lily Friedman, a sophomore at City Honors School, says she likes Valentine's Day because "a lot of holidays are based on religious aspects, but I think over time Valentine's Day became more about appreciating other people rather than being about gifts and worship."

And who could forget passing out those cute little cards and candies at your elementary school Valentine's Day party?

I suppose I can see the good and the bad in this holiday. I would have to say, however, that it seems overall not worth it to me to get as fired up as some people do over Valentine's Day. After all, its just another day.

Anna Hyzy is a sophomore at City Honors.