In Latin America, it’s not all about romance
Who’s ready for Valentine’s Day?? If you’re still looking for a special card – look no further than your some simple crafting supplies you probably have in your home already!
In Mexico, Valentine’s Day, just like in the United States, is celebrated on February 14, but is called El Dia de San Valentin or El Día del Amor y la Amistad (The Day of Love and Friendship). Me encanto the love and friendship version of the holiday because it means that it’s just as important to celebrate and show affection to friends and family, not just that special someone in your life.
Other Latin countries also celebrate similar versions of their own Valentine’s Day such as Dia de Los Enamorados in Argentina and Chile or Dia del Carino in Guatemala.
No matter where you’re from or how you celebrate the holiday, it’s always fun to give homemade gifts and cards to your loved ones. I remember as a child buying the packets of mini Valentine’s Day cards to give to all my classmates along with a little piece of chocolate. I loved making our special decorative boxes with a little slot for receiving cards. We’d leave them at our desks all day and by the end of the day, they’d be full of little cards, love notes or notes from friends and maybe some chocolates too. I spent a lot of time designing my special little “mailbox” to receive these cards.
Now as an adult, I still enjoy this holiday and love celebrating it with friends and family. My girlfriends love celebrating “Gal-entine’s Day”. I think everyone secretly likes knowing that someone is thinking about them and appreciates their friendship. I also love making and crafting things so one of my favorite things to do is make home-made cards. Whether I paint them, collage them or cut them out of construction paper, this is almost a therapeutic little thing that gives me joy.
Making your own cards is a perfect project to do together with your children or have a wine and crafting party with your friends or family. It’s a lot of fun.
This year, I’ve decided to go with cut-out cards made from construction paper using primarily heart shaped cut-outs! Check out this easy tutorial for a quick how-to and some inspiration of what you can make with just hearts!
Feliz Dia del Amor y la Amistad a todos! Besos y abrazos.