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LATIN VALENTINE: Dia de los Enamorados

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El Dia de los Enamorados or El Dia de San Valentin, known as Valentine’s Day in the United States, is a very special tradition around the world. Latinos are very expressive therefore; we love to celebrate this tradition. On February 14, 2015, Miami streets are flooded with merchant ships rubbing on cars and shoving beautiful red roses through the crack of your windows, similar to South America.

  • The beauty salons down “Calle Ocho” (Eighth Street) are swamped with Latinas waiting their turn sto get beautiful for their dates.
  • Rush hour traffic is caused by men trying to make it to the last piece of chocolate on the shelves.
  • Restaurants are bombarded by last minute reservations.
  • The radio station Mega 94.9 is constantly playing Bachata, a romantic Latin dance.

Bayside in Downtown Miami is filled with Spanish speaking couples showing love for each other. The Latinos celebrate San Valentin the same way as they do back in their countries. The Cubans, Puerto Ricans, and Dominicans all attend Mangos Bar on Collins Avenue to dance to the interesting Reggaeton and Bachata. The sandwich carts lineup outside the bars selling food and Roses.

Although Valentines Day is a common in America, here in Miami Valentines Day is spiced up with some Latin culture.

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6 comments

  1. This is so interesting! I feel like dia de los enamorados might be a little more romantic than it is when celebrated in American tradition. Miami would be a great place to see a bit of Latin tradition while remaining in the states. The big thing where I was this year for Valentine’s day was going to Chick-fil-a and spending the night there. Super funny and way less romantic than what this sounds like. 

    1. Thank you, that idea of going to Chick-fil-a actually sounds very creative. Miami spices up every holiday literally with adding different pieces of their culture

  2. Awesome job creating a descriptive narrative of Dia de los Enamorados. I really enjoyed reading this. Being from Denver, Valentines Day differs completely. It is interesting to see how this holiday is celebrated in other locations.

    1. Thank you, theirs a lot of festivities in Miami that’s celebrated differently than what America is used to.

  3. Great post, had no idea that this day was celebrated like this in Miami! Great job telling and describing the scene, makes me want to take a visit down there to see t he festivities.

    1. Thank you, but yes you should definitely take a trip to Miami theirs always festivities.

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