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How Valentine’s Day is Celebrated in Latin American Cultures

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The History of Valentines Day

Beautiful feelings start to fill hearts with love as Valentines Day is quickly approaching. With Valentine’s Day just two weeks, have you decided how you’ll make the person you care most about feel extra special? Learning a bit of history behind the holiday of love may be just what you need for a dose of inspiration!

Back in the 3rd century, Roman Emperor Claudius II banned marriage to make better soldiers out of single men. All the romantic expressions and lovely cards wouldn’t mean anything if not for a priest and his martyrdom. Valentine, a consummate romantic, performed marriage ceremonies for couples even against the ruler’s will. Love remained strong during this time as lovers found their way to each other’s arms. The imprisoned priest fell in love with a young girl who regularly visited him, to whom he wrote the first ever love letter signed, “From your Valentine.”

To date, Valentine’s Day is celebrated world wide and Latin American culture upholds tradition in unique ways:

In Mexico, Christmas time is followed by an entire season of love and friendship! Valentine’s Day starts its celebration as early as the first week of December, when gift-giving is an expression of love and prosperity.

In Brazil, Dia dos Namorados is marked on June 12th. Single women would write their sweethearts’ names on folded paper scraps for them to pick the lucky man on the special day.

Guatemalans call it El Día del Cariño, which is an affectionate affair of flowers, chocolates and cards to show fondness for friends and co-workers, not just lovers.

Catholic churches (popular in Latin American culture) advise lovelorn singles to direct their prayers to the Archangel, St. Raphael. The patron saint of happy meetings is believed to be a powerful ally towards finding your dream partner.

Visit Our South American Restaurant in Mountain View, CA this Valentine’s Day!

You don’t have to go far for a romantic rendezvousIn Mountain View, CA, y. Save the date, and reserve your table at the best fine dining South American restaurant around. Whether you’re out on a first date, celebrating your anniversary, or simply want to make your companion’s heart explode, a delicious, four-course prix-fix meal at The Voya Restaurant will certainly impress. You and your special someone will be treated to a four-course menu of fine Latin American cuisine featuring the most scrumptious regional dishes and the freshest foods within an elegant setting.

Make your dinner reservation in advance to fully savor every moment shared on a perfect Valentine’s Day. Give us a call today at (650) 826-3109 to book your company party or catering, or use our online contact form 24/7 and we will get in touch ASAP.

 

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