“La amistad es lluvia de flores preciosas”
“Friendship is like a shower of precious flowers”
Valentine’s Day El Día del Amor y la Amistad
As this fragment of a beautiful Aztec poem illustrates, since pre-Columbian times Mexicans regard friendship very highly, considering it a precious gift of life. Nowadays in Mexico, as in the rest of the world, we celebrate on February 14 El Día de San Valentín (Valentine’s Day) popularly named El Día del Amor y la Amistad– the day of love and friendship.
All over town there are balloon vendors offering their colorful heart shaped declarations of love, for most of them have written on them “Te Amo” -I love you- “Para mi amor“-for my love, or “Felicidades” –congratulations. Delicious chocolates, as well as flowers, especially red roses, and greeting cards are also sold in every store.
If in Mexico, don’t even try to go to a restaurant with out a reservation made weeks before. Couples of all ages go out for dinner on this special date.
As you can see, El Día del Amor y la Amistad is commemorated in Mexico in a way very similar to the manner in which the rest of the world celebrates, but surely, friendship and marriage had different expressions in pre-Columbian times.
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