Brazil is a happening place. Most famously, the country holds an annual Carnaval in Rio, where lavishly costumed, exemplary dancers parade through the streets, rousing the locals and tourists in Mardi Gras fashion. It’s a highlight of the year, but also representative of the hot-beat culture that is Brazil all year round.
This week, Brazil celebrates Dia dos Namorados, which, as many Miamians might understand from Portuguese’s similarity to Spanish, is the same as “Dia de Los Amorados,” or Lovers Day. A veritable Brazilian Valentine’s Day, it too is in honor of a saint – in this case, St. Anthony as opposed to St. Valentine. Saint Anthony is known for blessing young couples for marriage, hence the day is dubbed “Lovers Day.” Dia dos Namorados occurs every year on June 12th.
Dia dos Namorados rituals are akin to those on Valentine’s Day, where romance reigns with gift giving, card sharing, and exquisite dinners out on the town. But seeing as it’s Brazil, it goes even further: Lover’s Day is often accompanied by parades and carnivals, inevitably featuring the requisite salsa dancing. And ironically, the country doesn’t celebrate Valentine’s Day on February 14th, not only because it already has its own lovers day, but because Brazil’s already too busy with the Carnaval, which happens during the month February. So, if you’re not getting enough couple’s entertainment during the Carnaval, rest assured that four months later, you’ll get it on Dia dos Namorados.
In Miami, you can find pockets of Dia dos Namorados observance, for example, by the Miami Portuguese Conversation Club, but generally speaking it’s not well known. So that leaves is in our hands to take advantage – why not?
If you celebrate Christmas in July, it stands to reason that you can do the same for Valentine’s Day in June, right? Summer’s just around the corner, the air is fresh – let’s do it.
So go for it on June 12th. A lovely dinner for two, an excuse to buy each other gifts and write out cards, or even go in for a massage or facial as a couple. Whatever you decide to do, we hope you’ll enjoy your own celebrations on Dia dos Namorados. Cheers – Saudé!