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Here Are How Some Latin American Countries Celebrate Valentine’s Day

If there are two things telenovelas have tried to teach us, it’s that Latinos love to make love and love to fight. And no American holiday combines those two elements better than Valentines Day. But it’s not completely the same throughout Latin America – a few countries have their own traditions.

El Día De Amor y Amistad

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Who celebrates it: Colombia

When: September 20-21

What it is: This holiday is considered a big deal in Colombia and since Colombia is the number one exporter of flowers, it totally makes sense. Similar to Secret Santa, gifts are sent to secret admirers on this day, leaving the recipient to guess who is crushing on them!!! It could be so many people, since you are one helluva catch!

El Día Dos Namorados

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Nothing says, “I really love you” like giant, red, helium balloons let loose in church. NOTHING!!

Who celebrates it: Brazil

When: June 12

What it is: A celebration of Saint Anthony, a saint who blesses young married couples. Various rituals include single ladies gathering the night before the holiday and writing down on single scraps of papers the names of boys they wanna swap spit with. Then they fold up the pieces of paper and the next day open ONE to see who they should marry. It’s kind of like playing M.A.S.H.

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When I played M.A.S.H. at 10 years old, it predicted I was gonna marry Ricky Martin… still waiting to see how that one plays out.

El Día del Amor”

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A stuffed animal to practice your kissing on!

Who celebrates it: Bolivia

When: September 21

What it is: Pretty similar to the above listed celebrations that recognize friendship, family and biblical relationships and celebrated in conjunction with Day of Spring, Students’ Day and Children’s Day! Wowee! That’s a lot of celebratin’. Usually exchanged are the unoriginal gifts like flowers, cards, teddy bears and low-grade milk chocolates,

El Día del Cariño

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Who celebrates it: Guatemala

When: February 14th

What it is:  Guatemaltecos celebrate this day by honoring and giving goodies to their co-workers, friends, family, love interest and sex partner.

#payaseando #pedialife #diadelcariño #celebración

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These work mates are 10 seconds away from having a group hook up in the medical supply closet. Just like in “Grey’s Anatomy”!

El Día Del Amor y Amistad

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So much is happening in this gift basket…

Who celebrates it: Mexicans

When: February 14

What it is: Literally translated to “the day of love and friendship,” this day is like Valentine’s Day plus “Gal-entines” Day! Balloons, candy, flowers, plastic trinkets with the word “amor” printed on it are shared with your crush AND the people you talk with about your crush!

Kids also get in on this holiday by making cards or other cute, small gifts for classmates and their parents. No one feels left out and everyone feels appreciated. On February 15th, everyone resumes to silently resenting one another and wishing they lived on an island of one. Ah, amor!

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El Día de los Enamorados

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Now that’s the love I’m talkin about!

Who celebrates it: Argentineans, Chileans, Bolivians and Ecuadorians

When: February 14th

What it is: Similar to how it’s celebrated in the United States, this is the day you shower your sometimes friend (always DTF partner) with REGALOS!!! We’re talking roses, dinner, jewelry. All the things that make a consumerist culture tick! In Ecuador, men also serenade women on this day.

El Día de San Valentín

Невероятно красивый и хитрый пелорический #цимбидиум на фестивале #тропическаязима в #Аптекарскийогород ??? Два лепестка имитируют по форме и цвету губу! Уже в субботу 23 января в 14.00 и в 16.00 – #экскурсия "Прекрасные и ужасные тропики" с ботаником-путешественником Алексеем Филиным ? Запись на www.hortus.ru ?#дети#детям#экскурсии#экскурсия#январь2016#зима2016#ботаническийсадмгу #ботаническийсад#сад#forilovemsk #instadeti_msk #dosugsrebenkom #workingmama#garden#kudamove#moscowmap#kids#flowers#цветы#джунгли#мамам#мамы#орхидеи#орхидея#orchid#orchids#cymbidium

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Who celebrates it: Peruvians

When: February 14th

What it is: Peruvians celebrate by gifting one another with their native flower, the orchid. This flower looks like Mickey Mouse on psychedelics. You see it too, right?

As this holiday is celebrated in conjunction with Carnaval, it is considered a public holiday in Peru. Many, many mass weddings are held on this day. So if you are the single bridesmaid, this day is gonna double suck for you.

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Latinos Share What They Admire About Their Parents- “They got dirt, *poop* and oil on their hands so I would never have to”

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Latinos Share What They Admire About Their Parents- “They got dirt, *poop* and oil on their hands so I would never have to”

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You don’t have to be Latino to know how amazing and full of strength our parents are. Hard-working, filled to the brim with love and wisdom, Latino parents (whether still with us, deceased or pulling the weight of their household on their own) are the backbone of just about every Latino community (big or small).

To celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month and the parents and abuelos who raised us we posed the question below.

From the question came an outpouring of answers and love.

Check them out below.

“Their bravery in coming here and the fact that they never settled for o.k.”- tlabax

“Definitely got to say i admire everything about my mother. The fact that she’s a single mother and not only raised me but others children as well all by herself. Worked several jobs throughout the years and still came home with no sleep all to take care of her loved ones. i’ve never met anyone more selfless, more caring, or more protective. As i’ve grown older i realize just how much her acts of kindness go such a long way for those around her. She is someone to live up to. I’d count myself lucky to be half the women she is today. Shes the one person i truly admire in this lifetime.”-v.mozqueda

“My parents dedication and commitment to giving us a life they never had the sacrifice to make sure that our family unit was a healthy one even if that meant apologizing to each other or to even us the unconditional love they showed even when we have wronged them and or fucked up in the worse way my parents are great and still show this and they deserve it all.”- alexis__polanco__


“My mother instilled a very strong work ethic in me. She was a single mother and never gave up. I am grateful she showed me what STRONG meant.”-jrespinosa93


“What I admire about my parents that they are so hardworking and have made so many sacrifices for me and my sister. They never give up and have been through a lot and have sticked together for more then 30 years.”-jocy_villas

“Serious answer though… they lived in so many countries when I was a child finally settling here in the United States. 🤷🏽‍♀️I have a panic attack about moving down the street , I can’t imagine picking up and leaving everything and everyone I love behind to start over in a strange country for the good of my kids .. talk about 10 toes down.”-420mee

“They got dirt, sh*t and oil on their hands so I would never have to.”- nrodriguez1322


There unconditional love, support and commitment to each other. 44 years together and counting.”- toyitabonita23


“Talking about my mamá….that she is an incredible mentor to countless women in her life…she has always been that way and somehow she is kind of unaware of that? She just does it, expecting nothing in return.”-camilabelen2

“Everything!! But at the top of my head at this moment I’d say their work ethic.”-mrsdelarosa0810

“The courage it took to leave their home in Cuba without knowing the language or culture, just to give their kids a better life. Te quiero Papa y Mamita.”-misael.929

“Shoot what don’t I admire about my mother? I admire the courage both my parents had by coming here with nothing and starting a new life. I admire how hard my mother worked, having two jobs and not speaking the language all just so she could provide for us. Gracias Mamí! I love you!”-jannet_pinon

“Their commitment to their children to be better educated, better life, better human beings with other people, to be proud of who we are and where we come from, to be good representatives of our countries so people change the stereotypes, of who we are.”-mangelinarmelvin

“Their communication and their dedication of raising their daughters to be prepare for the future. Strict or whatever I just know they want the best for us. I can’t wait to teach my children the same. Truly bless for their commitment of giving us everything especially love.”-shata_101

“My father worth ethic he instilled that into me and my siblings. And my moms lucha in everything that she did and still does.”-sjmomz

“My mom raised us in a single parent household. We never went to bed hungry, we were provided the essentials food, schooling. She never asked for assistance from anyone. She worked and still works very hard.”-2damoon4ever

“They loved each other until they passed away.”-ednamode50

“That they came to this country and nothing stopped them from accomplish their goals.”-tori_rose30

“They adopted me and provided for me despite being older people already.”-marquez_divasi

“Perseverance. Cuando se quiere se puede.”-themelissas

“The fact that I am still alive with this mouth of mine… I would’ve beat me😂😂. Every time My step kids do you some thing I call my parents and apologize.”-420mee


“they left everything in mexico to give their families a better future & they always put the needs of their family before their own.”-asusena_castillo15

“My mom is the toughest person I’ve ever met she’s a badass.”-guillermo83az

“Their determination to make a home in new place 100’s of miles away from their families. Their determination to learn a new language, and strive for more even when faced with opposition and heavy trials! For loving each other with every obstacle presented in the past 35 yrs, for teaching me and my sisters these and many more qualities! May we be a 10th of who they are and their amazing resilience to be more and achieve more!”-mcamakeupco

“The amount of strength they have to create a life for their family and still have compassion for others. Taking a very scary journey to get to America and never even talking about all they went thru. I never even heard my moms coming to America story until I was 23. Still haven’t heard the complete story only in pieces.”-haydeliko

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Latinas Talk About Love At First Sight

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Latinas Talk About Love At First Sight

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In an infamous scene in the 1992 book Like Water for Chocolate, the novel’s main characters Tita and Pedro swear their undying love for each other within minutes of first meeting. Just like that, they experienced love at first sight. Stories all throughout history have detailed the romantic personal experience of an instant and ultimately long-lasting romantic attraction for a stranger upon first sight. But how practical— or even true is that really?

We turned to our FIERCE readers to see just how prevalent this phenomenon is.

In a post to our Instagram page we asked Latinas for their love at first love stories.

And scavenged around Reddit for good measure. Check out what we discovered below!

“Yes. I had briefly met him before but it was the first time I ever really noticed him. We had a whirlwind romance and then he left to take a job in Europe. We kept in touch for a few years but never saw each other again. He is the gold standard I judge men by.” –
adorableadelita

“YES with my dog the second I saw him I knew he was the one!! I’ve had him for 17years now and we are happily ever after.”- virgok1

“Yes but I’m just not brave enough to tell them they’re beautiful tho, most incredible smile I’ve ever seen the most captivating set of eyes I’ve ever looked into. But well love from afar right?” –ta_ta1009

“Yes. And it was delicious, I’ll never forget those Tacos dorados. My one and only.”- funkycold___medina

“Yes! I never knew love could fill your heart like that so instantly and so completely! It was the first time I ever saw my niece! Best feeling in the world!”- yesi_lo

“Not in love but in strong lust.” – magnetic67

“Yes! And we just got married during the pandemic (very interesting way how we got married).”-21djenne

“Just when I first laid eyes 👀 on the paletero in my neighborhood. Jokes aside I love that man, he’s so sweet.”- dreathunder

“Yup met mine when I was 17 yrs old and knew I would marry them. Here we are 18 years later and still together.” –elizabeth_pearl

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“We were both 18 going on 19. He was a second year science student, I was a fresh faced firstie at a brand new University. I was also 95% sure I was lesbian. I saw this goofy ginger at the outdoor movie theatre, he had Styrofoam strapped to his head and declared himself Julius Ceasar, and gave me the biggest and most genuine smile. When he asked my name, it was a genuine want not just a question you ask to fill time. My heart squeezed a bit, and we kept eye contact for a bit too long before we both turned back to the screen. The next day we ended up sitting across from eachother in the cafeteria, and as soon as I saw him sitting there with a grin on his gorgeous face I knew I could love him. We were attached at the hip for at least 8 hours every day for a month, it was like a need to be around eachother, a magnetic pull and attraction. We started dating after a few weeks. We both fell in love quickly. I never believed in love at first sight, but we fit together perfectly in every way and every day, even now as we’re 20 with a lot of growth and ‘relationship strainers’ under our belts there hasn’t been a day that’s gone by where I don’t think of him and fall further in love. We’ve fought a bit, met eachothers families, he’s held my hand in the hospital and I’ve held his. We’ve had the kids talk, marriage talk, finances talk, and we’re moving in together this summer. It’s also pretty great that we have the same taste in women. I have never been happier, and he tells me the same.”-HelloSchrodi

“We met at work, when we both locked eyes we were drawn to each other. After a week of flirting with each other and staring into her beautiful blue eyes, she actually asked ME out. We dated for 8 years and got engaged; being madly in love is perfection. She walked down the aisle about 13 months after she accepted my proposal. She gave birth to her first child 10 months later, and had her second 2 years after that. She’s very happy in her life. Kind of wished she married me instead of the dickhead she met a month after leaving me.” –UrMomLikesMine

“It was a whirlwind. Can’t really explain it. Distance and heavy workloads on both our parts (we couldn’t see each other at all one year) made us end it. Still best friends, still in a sort of a platonic bond. We’ve both seen other people since then (I’ve just had a bad experience), but I don’t think I’ve ever felt that kind of… ease around someone until months have passed. When she moves here in a few years, who knows? She never will, but if she asked me to wait. I’d say yes in a heasrtbeat.” –ionised

“Yes… now married 10 years.” – juju_bees_mommy

“Well for me it wasn’t at first sight. But for him it was. Within the first week he knew I would be the one he was going to marry and spend his life with. My feelings grew quickly also and we knew we had met our soul mate very quickly. We are doing great. He’s saving up for an engagement ring, both support eachother in our respective fields (me in tattoo artistry and him in filmmaking). Once our financial situation is in order we plan to move to Seattle. I have never been so in love and I don’t regret it for a second.”- BigHeroDicks

elizabeth_pearlYup met mine when I was 17 yrs old and knew I would marry them. Here we are 18 years later and still together ❤️❤️❤️ @fiercebymitu

elizabeth_pearlYup met mine when I was 17 yrs old and knew I would marry them. Here we are 18 years later and still together ❤️❤️❤️ @fiercebymitu

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