Mixed opinions on the commercialisation and pressure of Valentine's Day
Why it matters
The differing perspectives on Valentine's Day reflect the complex emotions and expectations surrounding the holiday.
What the papers say
The Independent highlights the pressure and discomfort associated with traditional Valentine's Day gifts, while The Times presents a more cynical view, criticising the commercialisation and saccharine mawkishness of the holiday.
How we got here
The articles express a range of sentiments about Valentine's Day, from discomfort with traditional gifts to cynicism about the commercialisation of the holiday.
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Valentine's Day, also called Saint Valentine's Day or the Feast of Saint Valentine, is celebrated annually on February 14. It originated as a Western Christian feast day honoring one or two early Christian martyrs named Saint Valentine and is recognized a