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Valentine's Day in Mexico

"La amistad es lluvia de flores preciosas"

"Friendship is like a shower of precious flowers" 
 Aztec Poem

As this fragment of a beautiful Aztec poem illustrates, since pre-Columbian times Mexicans regard friendship very highly, considering it a precious gift of life.    Nowadays in Mexico, as in the rest of the world, we celebrate on February 14 El Día de San Valentín (Valentine's Day) popularly named El Día del Amor y la Amistad- the day of love and friendship.

While you are touring with Cabo San Lucas Real Estate looking at Houses in Cabo, you will notice all over town there are balloon vendors offering their colorful  heart shaped declarations of love, for most of them  have written on them "Te Amo" -I love you- "Para mi amor"-for my love, or "Felicidades" -congratulations.  Delicious chocolates, as well as flowers, especially red roses, and greeting cards are also sold in every store.

If in Los Cabos or other parts of Mexico, don't even try to go to a restaurant without a reservation made weeks before.  Couples of all ages go out for dinner on this special date. If you are staying in one of the many Cabo Villas, you might ask your property manager about the services of a chef or call one of the may establishments that offer servicio a domicilio…. home delivery.  Your chances of getting into a restaurant are better if you keep in mind the dining hours of Mexican locals.  The comida which is the main meal of the day is eaten between two and four in the afternoon.  Cena or supper is eaten, generally, after eight thirty or nine in the evening.

As you can see, El Día del Amor y la Amistad is commemorated in Mexico in a way very similar to the manner in which the rest of the world celebrates with the exception of the tradition of the serenades  las serenatas.

Nowadays, Mexicans have an incredibly romantic way of expressing their love:  las serenatas.

The boyfriend waits patiently for the sun to go down.  Then in the town's plaza he hires a group of mariachis or a trio of singers with guitars, and goes to his girlfriend's house.  There, on the street, under his loved one's window, at one minute after midnight, they all start to sing the most romantic and heartfelt songs.

The purpose of the serenata is to wake up the girlfriend, with songs that will touch her heart.    The girl wakes up, but lets the musicians play two or three songs before looking out of her window, while her boyfriend anxiously awaits.

At last the girl appears on her balcony, or window, which signifies that she is pleased, and approves of her boyfriend's serenade. (You can be sure that no woman can resist such a sweet expression of love).  There will follow more romantic songs, and the boy, satisfied with his success will even sing while the musicians play.

 If the parents of the girlfriend approve, they could even invite him in, and chat for a little while and offer refreshments.

In the meantime, the neighbors, that don't play any part in this romance, will try to go back to sleep, while nostalgically remembering the serenades of their youth.

Posted: Thursday, February 17, 2011 9:01 AM by Nick Fong

Comments

decal2495@yahoo.com said:

Great article! I think that the serenata is very romantic thing to do. I love how it is somewhat of an old-fashioned way of courting and yet it is still popular today. How romantic!

# March 17, 2011 1:20 PM
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