St.Valentine’s Latin American Traditions
For Latin Americans any date should be celebrated. Valentine’s day is a special occasion and is ideal for couples, either for couples in new relationships or long ones.But as we all know, not all countries celebrate the same way, the day is set but the traditions change depending on the country.
As you can see from the chart the countries that are top on the list are Venezuela and Peru.
In Venezuela February 14, the day the couples, spouses, and friends, celebrate the day of love and friendship giving flowers, cards and chocolates, and getting together to share some time with close friends.
In Peru, They care deeply for their partner, a study demonstrates that are the most ‘spies’ on social networks and in the life of his partner, thus are the ones that value the most their loved ones and believe that this day should be celebrated with the love of their lives. Did we mention that Valentine’s Day is a holiday in Peru?
In both Colombia and Brazil celebrate this special day on different dates. Brazil on June 12th and in Colombia on September 20th.
In Brazil, the Dia dos Namorados(lit. “Lovers’ Day”, or “Boyfriends’/Girlfriends’ Day”) is celebrated on June 12, probably because that is the day before Sanit Anthony’s day, known there as the marriage saint, the February 14th Valentine’s Day is not celebrated at all because it usually falls during the Brazilian Carnival.
In Colombia Is called Día del amor y la amistad and the Amigo secreto (“Secret friend”) it is celebrated on the third Saturday in September. It consists of randomly assigning to each participant a recipient who is to be given an anonymous gift (similar to secret santa) this anonymous person will send candies, chocolates, small gifts, cards, and even pranks on the week previous to exchanging gifts.
In Mexico it is known as ‘the day of love and friendship’. Usually they give gifts to each other like flowers, chocolates, clothing and balloons. It’s also a good time to remind your friends how important they are to you.
In Argentina is called “Dia de los enamorados” celebrates the union between couples. It is unusual to send cards or hearts, which is considered more typical of North America. Is not the only day about love: the week previous to Friendship Day (July 20), they celebrate “the week of sweetness” (La semana de la Dulzura), which has gained great popularity in recent years. This week is usual to give goodies and kisses.
In Guatemala it is known as ‘the day of affection’ exchanging small gifts and accessories that go along with the day, gifts can be extended to family members, siblings, friends or anyone who is close and important to you.