Valentine’s Day in Brazil

valentine's day in brazil is celebrated june 12th!

Hi, friends of A Dica do Dia! When is Valentine’s Day in Brazil? Do you know that Today, June 12, we are going to celebrate Valentine’s Day in Brazil? In Brazil, we celebrate love on a different date! With this Dica, you are also going to learn how to desire a Happy Valentine’s Day in Portuguese and, of course, how we name Valentine’s Day in Brazilian Portuguese. But if we talked about June 12… What happens on February 14? Does Brazil celebrate Valentine’s Day? Let’s celebrate Brazilian love!

When is Valentine’s Day in Brazil?

Did you know that in Brazil we celebrate love on a different date than in other countries? Another difference is that we don’t call it Valentine’s Day in Brazil, but we call it Dia dos Namorados (Lovers’ Day). This way we can celebrate love rather than the name of the saint.

In the United States, for example, this date is related to Saint Valentine, but in Brazil, it is related to one of our Brazilian saints. For that reason, Valentine’s Day in Brazil is on June 12 due to its proximity to St Anthony’s Day on June 13th. St Anthony of Padua is considered a “matchmaker” or a Saint of Love in Brazil. Brazilian Catholics pray to him asking for help to find their soulmate.

Does Brazil Celebrate Valentine’s Day?

Even though, Valentine’s Day in Brazil, or Lovers’ Day as we call it, is similar to Valentine’s Day celebrated around the world, we don’t celebrate Saint Valentine because on February 14th we are usually celebrating Carnival. Therefore, we have another date to celebrate love! In Brazil, almost nobody celebrates Valentine’s Day in February, so pardon your Brazilian lover if they are thinking about parties, fantasies, and Carnival on this date! Well, Carnival is also full of love to celebrate, if you know what I mean 😏. Now you know the date of Lovers Day in Brazil and how we call it, don’t forget it!

Saint Anthony, the match maker, is the saint we honor in Valentine's Day in Brazil.
Saint Anthony, the matchmaker


Celebrating Lovers’ Day in Brazil

On Lovers’ Day, we all celebrate love! It’s a nice day to think about our partners, significant others, and people we love and share our lives with. We don’t have to wait for that day to show affection to the ones we love, of course, but it’s really special to do something different on this day!

For Valentine’s Day, in many countries, it’s common to give gifts to our friends too. But on Brazilian Lovers’ Day, it’s more common to share this date only with our significant others. A day dedicated to celebrating that you found your better half!

What are the Brazilian Lovers’ Day traditions? On Lovers’ Day, it’s a tradition to have dinner with our significant other and give gifts such as chocolate, love letters, flowers, or any other romantic gift. We also like to do surprises… Sending something in the middle of the day to our lovers or preparing something special and different for ourselves as a couple.

Surely, celebrating Lovers’ Day in Brazil is always a nice idea to go for a romantic walk on the beach, have a picnic at Aterro do Flamengo, or have a special coffee in the beautiful Confeitaria Colombo.

How to say Happy Valentine’s Day in Portuguese?

If you want to say Happy Valentine’s in Portuguese, we’ll teach you: Feliz Dia dos Namorados. Namorados in Portuguese means lovers, but this word is the masculine form. So, if you want to say it in the feminine you should say: Feliz Dia das Namoradas!

Remember that in Portuguese the plural is only feminine when it’s 100% feminine (which would be only when all people are women or all words are feminine). For this reason, if you don’t remember the Portuguese plural, check out our Dica about it

So, check out other things that you can say to your Valentine:

Dia dos namoradosValentine’s Day
Feliz dia dos namorados!Happy Valentine’s Day!
Eu te amoI love you
Você é o amor da minha vidaYou’re the love of my life
Você é a metade da minha laranja You are my better half
Eu sou mais feliz com você, meu amorI’m happier with you, my love

Additionally, want to know what Brazilians call their lovers? Check out this Dica about Brazilian nicknames! 

Gifts to celebrate a happy Valentine's day in Brazil.
Some Valentine’s Day gifts.

That is it, my friends. Now you know all Brazilian Valentine’s Day traditions. Actually, now you know how to celebrate with your Valentines (lovers!) in Brazil! Lastly, we hope you have enjoyed today’s Dica do Dia!

See you on our next Dica!

Listen to this Dica on our podcast. A version in Portuguese of this podcast can be found by changing the language of this Dica.

   Click on the links below to see more related Dicas
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