Valentine’s Day isn’t just a U.S. day of celebrating romance; residents of Mexico also celebrate the day in a big way.
Celebrated on February 14, the day (known as Dia de San Valentin and El Dia del Amor y la Amistad, “the day of love and friendship), is celebrated similarly as it is here in the U.S., with friends and lovers sending each other candy and flowers.
But there are some things done a bit differently on Valentine’s Day in Mexico.
For example, one thing young Mexicans do is to meet in a park. Young men and women separate and then walk around a kiosk or gazebo in the park in opposite directions. As a boy comes across a girl that he has his eye on, he presents her with a flower. Once they circle around again, if the girl is still holding the flower, it’s a sign that she also is interested in him.
Another, albeit newer, Valentine’s Day tradition is for a committed couple to plaster each other’s car (or their joint car) with notes that contain words of love for one another.
Valentine’s Day traditions in Mexico are similar to those in the U.S.
Mexicans do send chocolates roses to their loved ones, but they also create hand-made cards and gifts, perhaps a bit more so than people in the United States do.
What’s more, Mexicans will purchase or make gifts and send flowers and candy to their friends: Valentine’s Day in Mexico celebrates friendship as well as romance.
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