Día del Amor y la Amistad (Happy Valentines
Valentines Day is celebrated on the 14th of
February all over the world (with the
exception of Colombia* and Brazil**), a day
when lovers express their love for each
other in a very special way.
The holiday is named after one or more early
Christian martyrs named Valentine and was
established by Pope Gelasius I in AD 496.
The holiday first became associated with
romantic love in the circle of Geoffrey
Chaucer in the High Middle Ages, when the
tradition of courtly love flourished.
In Costa Rica Valentines Day has a tradition
celebrated in similar fashion to that in
North America, a day on which intimate
companions express their love for each other
by presenting flowers, offering
confectionery and sending text messages over
the telephones. The sending of greeting
cards was never popular given to the Costa
Rican mail addressing system.
Others ways that Costa Ricans express their
love for each other is by taking part in
events and concerts. For 2010, the main
event on tap is the WWE Wrestlemania event
tonight in Alajuela.
Celebrations in bars and discos are also
common today. Although not much different
than any other night at a bar or disco,
today there is love in the air, along with
the smell of smoke and the consumption of
lots of alcohol.
Dinner out is also another tradition that
Valentines Day is celebrated in Costa Rica.
Although dinner is really more lunch. Since
this year Valentines Day is on a Sunday,
there isn't much of a difference between the
traditional Sunday lunch from the Valentines
For those living on the coast, a romantic
sunset is a perfect setting for Valentines
Day. Although for beach dwellers who see the
sunset every day, today's sunset will be
different. How? Get out there and see it for
yourself. And if you can't see the
difference, well then you are really not in
the Valentines Day mood.
Although Valentines Day has different names
in different places of the world.
"Día del Amor y la Amistad" is the more common name in Latin America. In
Guatemala it is called "Día del Cariño". In
Brazil they call it "Dia dos Namorados".
Another name for Valentines Day in Latin
America is also "Amigo Secreto" (Secret
Friend) which is quite popular where each
participant is randomly assigned a recipient
who is to be given an anonymous gift
(similar to the Christmas tradition of
Valentines Day is more important to women
than men. Guys tend to forget that today is
Valentines Day. Big mistake if you are in a
relationship or looking to be in a
Happy Valentines Day from all of us at
Inside Costa Rica. Although we have sent out
cards and delivered roses, our pages today
are filled with hearts. And we leave you
today with this all importatn message:
* Día del Amor y la Amistad or also Dia de
los Enamorados or Valentines Day is
celebrated in Colombia the third Saturday in
** Dia dos Namorados is celebrated in Brazil
on June 12.