February 15, 2009

Utah teens hold anti-Valentine’s Day party

Teenagers taking part in an anti-Valentine's Day party in Salt Lake City, Utah, say they oppose the holiday more than the idea of love.

Party attendee Fay Fay Ye, 16, said the young people who gathered Saturday at Salt Lake City's Whitmore Library were against celebrating a commercialized holiday that confines the expression of love to a single day, The Salt Lake Tribune reported.

It's not that we're against the idea of showing love, said Ye, who helped organize the event, which included the sharing of anti-love poems and the gleeful destruction of candy hearts and heart-shaped cookies.

Attendee Dan Turchenko, 17, said such traditional Valentine's Day gifts are part of the mass packaging of the holiday to consumers.

It's just like pre-packaged romance, you know ... you go out and buy it from a store and it means nothing, he told the Tribune.