Celebrating the Day of Love and Friendship in Colombia; Valentine’s Day in September
The second Valentine’s day that you did not know about
In the United States, we celebrate Valentine’s day on February 14th.
Most of the world also celebrates the day of love similarly.
But Colombia is unique. If you are a fellow ex-pat or digital nomad visiting Colombia for the first time, you have never heard of this day.
It has two Valentine’s days!
How are there two Valentine’s days in Colombia?
Colombia celebrated the typical Valentine’s day always until the 60s.
In the 60s, a group of merchants said that the year’s first quarter was bad to celebrate this holiday.
The argument was that taxes were higher for Colombians at this tie, which led to less spending.
Children were also affected. Parents could not afford to buy candies and cards to send with their offspring to school.
This led to the invention of a second Valentine’s day in Colombia titled ‘Día de Amor y Amistad.’ This allowed more Colombians the opportunity to celebrate.
With no other holidays in September, so it was decided the day would be on the second Sunday of September annually.
This year it falls on September 18th.
What to do on Colombian Valentine’s day?
You guessed it!
Like Valentine’s Day in February, Colombians gift flowers and chocolates to their better halves.
The only difference in the September version of Valentine’s day is that it is also the day of friendship.
So if you are single, do not fret.
You can also give all of your friends flowers, candies, or gifts.
You will also see a LOT of businesses taking advantage of the day, just like Hallmark did in the United States.
Red and white balloons decorate most entrances to buildings, and you will see several promotions and sales now.
To celebrate Colombian Valentine’s day, here are five ideas that you can share with your Colombian partner if you are also an extranjero:
Would I suggest celebrating Colombian Valentine’s day as an ex-pat or foreigner?
It is a fun day for you to express your appreciation for your partner, family, or friends.
And it gives you the excuse to eat more chocolate.
Who does not love chocolate?
What do you do to celebrate Colombian Valentine’s day?
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