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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.

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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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A 10-Year-Old Girl Sent Over 1,500 Art Kits To Kids Who Are Quarantining While In Foster Care

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A 10-Year-Old Girl Sent Over 1,500 Art Kits To Kids Who Are Quarantining While In Foster Care

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Talk about a girl with a big heart.

It turns out, kids have no qualms about leading the example when it comes to selflessness and kindness in today’s time of uncertainty. While so many of us bemoan our lack of access to entertainment, friends, and personal care, young generations are looking to offer support where they can. Just look at this 10-year-old from Danbury, Connecticut who understands the importance of empathy, compassion, and love during this time of quarantine.

She worked on a pretty big project to make sure kids her age felt all three.

Chelsea Phaire has spent her time in quarantine sending kits to more than 1,500 children in homeless shelters and foster care homes.

Phaire explained in a recent interview with CNN that she wanted to create the kits to give children something to look forward to and feel positive about. Phaire’s art kits include paper, coloring books, markers, crayons, and colored pencils. They are being sent to schools and shelters across the country as part of an organization founded by Phaire and her parents called Chelsea’s Charity.

“Since she was seven, she was begging me and her dad to start a charity,” Candace Phaire, Phaire’s mother, told CNN. “She was so persistent, every couple of months she would ask, ‘Are we starting Chelsea’s Charity yet?’ When she was turning 10, she asked us again, and we decided it was time to go for it.”

Set to enter the 6th grader this coming fall, Phaire and her parents launched Chelsea’s Charity on her birthday in August 2019.

At the time, Phaire asked party guests to donate art supplies to the charity instead of giving her birthday gifts. Soon after her birthday party, Phaire made the decision to use all of the donations she’d been given to send out her first 40 art kits. The kits were collected and sent to a homeless shelter in New York. It wasn’t long before Phaire and her parents set up an Amazon wishlist account for the art supplies.

Before the pandemic, Phaire and her mother delivered almost 1,000 kits to kids in foster care homes, homeless shelters, women’s shelters, and schools impacted by gun violence.

At the time, Phaire and her mother traveled around to give kids their kits in person. Since the start of the pandemic, however they’ve mailed the kits. “I feel good inside knowing how happy they are when they get their art kits,” Phaire explained. “I have definitely grown as a person because of this. Now my dream is to meet every kid in the entire world and give them art. Who knows, maybe if we do that and then our kids do that, we’ll have world peace!”

Jennifer Lopez’s Longtime Partner Passes Away At 51

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Jennifer Lopez’s Longtime Partner Passes Away At 51

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David Crus, the former boyfriend of Jennifer Lopez passed away on Saturday.

According to the New York City Office of Chief Medical Examiner former boyfriend of Lopez, whom she dated for 10 years died Saturday after succumbing to heart disease. He was fifty-one years old.

Lopez and her former flame began dating in high school.

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According to People Magazine, the two got together when Lopez was 15 years old and they dated through the mid-1990s and broke up just before she took up her role in “Selena.” During their time together, Cruz was often spotted accompanying Lopez to premieres and entertainment events including the premier of “Money Train” premiere in November 1995, which saw Lopez starring alongside Wesley Snipes and Woody Harrelson.

Cruz’s longtime partner spoke with TMZ about his death describing him as “kind” and a “devoted father.”

“He was kind and loving. He never held on to anything and was always very open. He was a devoted father, he helped raise his step-son who is now in the Marines,” Cruz’s partner, identified only as Isa by TMZ said in a statement. “He loved the Yankees and Knicks. He loved going to the theatre with me. My favorite moment was family date night, because it wasn’t just special for me but for the kids as well. He always made sure to end things with an ‘I love you.'”

Lopez has yet to make a statement about Cruz’s death.