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Celebrating Valentine’s Day in Mexico

13 February, 2014

In Mexico,national holidays are always a special time to spend with family and friends,sharing food and good company with loved ones. Much like it is in the U.S. and other parts of the world,Valentine’s Day,or Día de San Valentin,is celebrated on Feb. 14 and is a special day of love and friendship marked by giving flowers,candy and other tokens of love to that special someone. 

Commonly known as El Día del Amor y la Amistad,Valentine’s Day in Mexico is more than just a day for lovers,but it is also a time for all special friends and loved ones of all ages and relationships to show appreciation for one another. Mexico is also a very popular destination for couples from around the world who wish to make their V-Day celebrations very special,with Cancun and Cabo San Lucas being regularly named two of the world’s top romantic destinations. 

In towns throughout Mexico,street vendors will be offering colorful heart-shaped balloons emblazoned with sentiments like “Te Amo” (I love you) and “Para mi amor” (for my love). Many couples and even whole families opt to head out for a nice dinner,so be sure to reserve a seat at your favorite restaurant in advance if possible,in order to avoid a wait.

Historically,Valentine’s Day was established as the feast day of Saint Valentine,a Roman Catholic saint who was martyred,but over the years this day has evolved into a special time for people to honor love and relationships all over the world. In Mexico,the culture is based on respect for the emotional value of each individual and the expression of feelings is an important part of everyday life,which makes the celebration of Valentine’s Day even more meaningful. 

As one of the nation’s most popular holidays,Día de San Valentin,is also a time for people to dress up and attend special dances or parties after dinner. In many small towns,young people will meet in parks and separate into groups of boys and girls,with boys presenting a flower to the girls they like. As the day goes on,if the girl keeps the gift,it is a way for him to know she is interested. 

Radio stations are overwhelmed with dedication requests on Valentine’s Day in Mexico and people even buy newspaper ads to profess declarations of love. Schoolchildren often write poems and exchange small gifts with classmates,while many older young people choose this special day to propose or have a wedding.

Have you ever celebrated Valentine’s Day in Mexico? If so,share your experience with other readers in the comments section below!