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.