Valentine's Day in Mexico:
February 14th is celebrated in Mexico as the Día de San Valentin, but it's more commonly referred to as El Día del Amor y la Amistad, the "day of love and friendship." People commonly give flowers, candies and balloons to their romantic partners, but it's also a day to show appreciation for friends.
If you want to celebrate your romantic relationship in Mexico, include some of these activities in your itinerary: Romantic Things To Do in Mexico, or read on for some more ideas about romantic getaways and how to celebrate Valentine's Day in Mexico.
Say "I love you" in Spanish:
If you think Spanish is a romantic language, you're right! If you'd like to tell your special someone how you feel about them in Spanish, you may find it a bit more challenging than just learning the words. Saying I love you in Spanish can be a bit more complicated than in English because there are two different ways to say it. "Te quiero" is said freely among friends and family members but "te amo" is used to denote a stronger feeling. Read what others have said about this distinction from About.com's Guide to Spanish language: "Te quiero" or "te amo"?.
There are lots of romantic destinations in Mexico, whether your idea of romance is spending your days lying in a hammock for two and your nights listening to the pounding of the waves, or you prefer to stroll along cobblestone streets and enjoy colorful celebrations, you'll find somewhere in Mexico that will fulfill those romantic dreams. See our list of romantic vacations in Mexico and Mexico's best honeymoon destinations, or our top Mexican destinations to find out more about the different cities and resort areas to visit.
Mexican Valentine's Day Meal:
If you won't be in Mexico for Valentine's Day, you can still have a romantic Mexican meal. Try this Mexican Valentine's Day menu from About.com's Guide to Mexican Food. After your meal, if you decide to snuggle up with a movie, to continue with the Mexican theme, consider one of these movies set in Mexico.
Everyone can take part in Mexican Valentine's Day celebrations, because it's not just for lovers, it's also for friends. It's a time for people to show appreciation to the people they care about - this way, there's no reason to feel left out if you don't have a significant other. Buy some flowers, write a poem or make a gift for one of your friends - let them know you care!
¡Feliz día del amor y la amistad!
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