Valentine’s Day in South America

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Valentine’s Day is celebrated worldwide as a day of love and romance. It originates in Roman times, when Emperor Claudius II banned marriage and a young priest called Valentine continued to marry couples in secret. He was caught and put in prison, where he fell in love with a girl. He wrote her a love letter before he died – this was the world’s first Valentine!

Nowadays, Valentine’s Day is celebrated all over the world on February 14th, – also in Latin America! And here ‘El Día de San Valentín’ is not just a celebration of romantic love, but also of love between friends, colleagues and family. On this day, often called ‘El Dia del Amor y la Amistad’ (the Day of Love and Friendship), people exchange gifts and caring words with all the people that are important in their lives.
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