Happy Valentine’s Day from Mazatlan!


As we all know, Valentine’s Day, also called Saint Valentine’s Day or the Feast of Saint Valentine, is celebrated annually on February 14. It originated as a Christian feast day honoring a martyr named Valentine.

In honor of one or two early Christian martyrs named Saint Valentine and, through later folk traditions, has become a significant cultural, religious, and commercial celebration of romance and love in many regions of the world.

Saint Valentine’s Day or the Feast of Saint Valentine

In Mexico, Valentine’s Day is called “El Dia del Amor y la Amistad”, or the day of love and friendship. This holiday isn’t only for your significant other, but it’s also a way to show your love for family and friends. As February 14th approaches, here are ways you can celebrate Valentine’s Day like you’re in Mexico!

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.

That means that if you want to celebrate like a Mexican, you shouldn’t focus all your attention on your beloved, but rather on your friends and family too.

Love in Mexico

Some will say te amo to family and friends, but it is much less common. Mexican culture is much more expressive than American culture; there is more hand-holding and hugs, and it is overall more touchy-feely.

Te quiero is grammatically correct, but informally you can say te amo. Te Quiero (which can be literally translated as I want you) is the most common way to say ‘I love you’. You can use it with family members, pets, friends, or significant others. Te Amo is normally only used to profess romantic love.


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