Valentine’s Day in Brazil

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

Hi friends of A Dica do Dia! Today we are going to discuss Valentine’s Day in Brazil! You are also going to learn how to say ”Happy Valentine’s Day” in Portuguese and when Valentine’s Day is in Brazil!

When is Valentine’s Day in Brazil?

Did you know that in Brazil we celebrate this day on a different date than 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.

Even so, Valentine’s Day in Brazil, or Lovers’ Day as we call it, is similar to Valentine’s Day celebrated around the world. But here we don’t celebrate Saint Valentine because on February 14th we are usually celebrating Carnaval, so we created another date do celebrate love! Now that you know the date of Valentine’s Day in Brazil and what 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, people we love and share our life with. We don’t have to wait for that day to show affection to the ones we love, but it’s is 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 in Brazilian Lovers’ Day is more common to share this date only with our significant others. A day dedicated to celebrate 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 us as a couple.

Surely, to celebrate Lovers’ Day in Brazil is always a nice idea to go for a romantic walk on the beach, or to 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 mean 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 women or feminine words). 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:

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 how 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.

Basically, that is it my friends. In fact, 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!

   Click in the links bellow to see more related Dicas
Holidays in Brazil
Mother’s Day in Brazil
Cute Portuguese Nicknames
Happy New Year in Portuguese

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