In Mexico, Valentine’s Day is known as El Dia del Amor y la Amistad, which translates as The Da of Love and Friendship. It is celebrated every year on the worldwide day of love – 14 February. In Mexico, Valentine’s Day is a commercial celebration mixed with a few local traditions. The most interesting and different aspect of Valentine’s Day in Mexico is that it is not just a day for lovers to celebrate their romance. it is also a day to show appreciation and love for friends. Here are some of the ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day in Mexico
Valentine’s Day Red
The colour red features almost everywhere in Mexico during the lead up to Valentine’s Day. Shops and restaurants are decorated every year with red balloons, red hearts, banners, and flowers to celebrate the day of love and friendship.
Valentine’s Day Gifts
Around the world, red roses and chocolates are on top of the list for romantic gifts on Valentine’s Day, and the same goes in Mexico. However, the giving of balloons to someone you love is also very popular – especially red ones or heart-shaped ones with the declaration “Te Amo” printed on them, which translates as “I love you”.
Valentine’s Day Poems
Children in Mexican schools often have contests to compose poems to celebrate Valentine’s Day. They attach their poems to balloons. Classrooms are often decorated in a Valentine’s Day theme and homemade treats and small gifts are exchanged.
Valentine’s Day for Friends
Valentine’s Day is also a day to celebrate friendships and platonic love and gifts are often exchanged between friends including cards or traditional Mexican sweets.
Valentine’s Day Mariachi Music
On the evening of Valentine’s Day, it is popular for a man to arrange a trio of musicians known as a Mariachi band to stand alongside him outside the home of a woman he wants to declare his love to. Together, the man and musicians will sing and play the songs of love to win the heart of the lucky woman.
Valentine’s Day Food
It would not be a Mexican celebration without food and Valentine’s Day is often celebrated by couples as well as groups of friends with an evening meal. Reservations need to be made well in advance to secure your favourite restaurant.
Valentine’s Day Kiss
The record for the world’s largest group kiss was set on Valentine’s Day in Mexico 2009, when nearly 40,000 people puckered up in Mexico City’s main square. http://www.nbcnews.com/id/29201823/ns/world_news-americas/t/mexicans-set-kissing-record-valentines-day/
Feliz Día del Amor y la Amistad !