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
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
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.
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
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 Childrens 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
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.
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
@canastillaslove @canastillaslove @canastillaslove Todos los días son esenciales para demostrar el amor que sientes por tu pareja, amigos o familiares pero hay una fecha del año que conmemora ese afecto tan bonito❤😍. Este 14 de febrero te traemos las mejores canastillas,🎀 con los diseños más creativos que puedas imaginar🎁🎈💐. Atrévete a demostrarle a esa persona especial lo importante que es para ti.💏 @CanastillasLove donde ¡el límite lo pones tú! . #Amor #DiaDelAmor #DiaDeLosEnamorados #Amistad #Canastillas #Amigos #Parejas #Novios #Regalo #Love
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!
El Día de los Enamorados
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
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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.