BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ- Every year as February rolls around, the students of Governor Livingston become excited for the upcoming holiday. Valentine’s Day is a celebration of love and romance, and this positivity is evident within the school.

On February 14, students could be found enjoying the company of their closest friends and partners. The school showed its spirit by selling baked goods and roses outside the cafeteria.

After the school day ended, students across all grades were spotted spending time with their friends and significant others. They dined at restaurants or watched films at home. Romantic comedies were a popular pastime for Valentines Day. Some common and iconic Valentines Day movies included The Notebook or the more recent film Crazy Rich Asians. Other students opted to visit a movie theatre and enjoy a film. Governor Livingston senior Noah Brogden said he spent the day “with my family and special lady. I usually eat junk food.” Teachers also celebrated Valentine’s Day with their loved ones. Mr. Bob Seager mentioned, “I celebrated the holiday with my beautiful wife. We gave each other gifts, red roses, and had a nice dinner.”

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Valentines Day has also become a day of gifts. Couples, friends, and family members often gave each other presents, including accessories like jewelry and clothing or various types of food. Junior Allison Zimmerman received a Valentine’s Day sweater and enjoyed heart-shaped pancakes for breakfast. “I enjoyed spending the day with my family,” she said.

Other students chose to spend the day with their close friends. Around Valentine’s Day, many girls joke about “Galentine’s Day”, a day that celebrates supportive and loving friendships. The fake holiday was introduced after a 2010 Parks and Recreation episode. Junior Arielle Nogueira stated, “I normally go out for dinner and a movie, or just sit at home with my guy. My favorite thing is just spending quality time with my boyfriend and my galentines.”

It is evident Valentine’s Day brings out joy from many people, regardless of their relationship status. While it is true that the can leave some feeling bitter, this time of year never fails to remind people of love and romance.