Tuesday was Valentine’s Day and there was no shortage of love in the San Miguel house. While Valentine’s Day is more widely celebrated in the United States, we brought a few Valentine’s Traditions with us to San Miguel. The direct translation of Happy Valentine’s Day is “Feliz Dia de Enamorados;” however, in San Miguel they say “Feliz Dia del Amor y Amigos.” It is a day of celebration of both your loved ones and friends! On my way to school it was great to hear a friend in the community say Happy Day of Love and Friends to me!
Fun Fact: Miriam, the librarian at the school in San Miguel, explained that the reason red is associated with Valentine’s Day is because it represents life!
During our summer school session we went over basic vocabulary you typically see on Valentine’s Day cards in the United States including: “Hugs & Kisses,” “XOXO,” “I Love You,” and so forth. We had the children make Valentine’s Day cards for their mother, father, friends, or other loved ones. There were pink, red, purple and white cards decorated with glitter, markers, smaller hearts, and English phrases! Hannah, Lillian and I even played a little of Frank Sinatra’s song L.O.V.E. while all the children made their cards. This was a great, fun activity for everyone to do during the last week of summer school.