Valentine’s day in Brazil
Dia dos Namorados is Valentine’s day in Brazil (namorado/a means boyfriend/girlfriend in Portuguese). Valentines day in Brazil takes place on June 12th (it probably isn’t celebrated in Febuary like everywhere else in the world as to not compete with carnaval – a time when everyone in Brazil becomes “single” for a week or two regardless of their actual relationship status.)
The traditions surrounding Valentine’s day in Brazil are quite similar to those in the States. If you are a guy, it’s generally a good idea to make some plans, perhaps a reservation at a nice restaurant followed by a walk on the beach. It’s my guess that motel room rentals skyrocket on this day, as most unmarried people in Brazil live with their parents.
Happy Dia dos Namorados everyone!