Valentines Day in Mexico: 14 Chunks to Talk About Valentine’s Day in Spanish

February has come, the month of love and friendship!… in some countries, at least!

What Does VALENTINE'S DAY IN MEXICO Look Like? 💘(+Chunks & Love in Spanish!)

That’s right, not all countries celebrate Valentine’s Day el 14 de febrero (on February 14)… and in some countries, like Mexico, people not only celebrate romantic love, but also their affection to friends and family. Who would’ve thought that Valentines Day in Mexico is so romantic?

Yo soy Mariana, Spring Spanish teacher, and in today’s lesson I’ll share even more juicy and romantic details about Valentine’s Day in Mexico and other Spanish-speaking countries.

More importantly, however, I’ll teach how to talk Valentine’s Day in Spanish. This is my Valentine’s Day gift for you!

1. A bit of history of Valentine’s Day

For some people, Valentine’s Day is nothing but a symptom of capitalism; for many others, it’s a synonym of joy! But have you ever wondered where this tradition comes from?

Well, I did a bit of research and I discovered that the origin of Valentine’s Day is actually tragic…

Legend has it that on February 14, 270, a Roman priest called Valentine was sentenced to death by emperor Claudius the Second.

What crime did this priest commit? Well, he secretly married young couples… against the emperor’s orders. 

You see, Claudius the Second thought young men would be better soldiers than husbands, and so he banned marriages, but priest Valentine rebelled against this and became the protector of those in love.

So, because of these historic events, Valentine’s Day is also known as Día del amor (Day of Love), Día de los enamorados (In Love Ones Day), and Día de los novios (Couples’ Day).

2. Typical Gifts on Valentines Day in Mexico

Since it’s the Day of Love, people give each other regalos (gifts) as a token of their affection.

In Mexico, the most common gifts on Valentine’s Day are: 

  • chocolates (chocolates)
  • dulces (candies or sweets)
  • bombones (marshmallows) 
  • globos (balloons)
  • tarjetas (gift cards)
  • flores (flowers)

Some people are a lot more creative or original. Last year, for example, my boyfriend gave me a mug, which I think is very cute, and years ago, he gave me a teddy bear.

valentines day in mexico gifts listed by female teacher

Actually, los peluches (stuffed animals) are also a popular gift on Valentine’s Day.   

In addition to giving each other gifts, here are some other things couples and friends to do celebrate:

Muchas parejas van a un restauranteMany couples go to a restaurantto have lunch or dinner
Algunos amigos van al cineSome friends go to the movie theaterself-explanatory
Algunas parejas van a pasearSome couples strollalong a park or a mall
Los hombres suelen llevar serenataGuys usually serenadegenerally with Mariachi, a typically Mexican ensemble
Algunas personas van a un hotelSome people go to a hotelwe don’t need to go into the details, but this is obviously something only couples do… hopefully…!


Now, tell me, what do people in your country do to celebrate Valentine’s Day? You can start your comment with “en mi país” (in my country), which is a perfect example of a chunk because it never changes, you know it’s correct, and you can just learn it by heart as a whole and use it yourself, so that you sound like a native speaker! 

So, say something like:

  • En mi país, vamos al cine” (In my country, we go to the movie theater) or
  • En mi país, regalamos rosas (In my country, we gift roses).

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3. How to talk about Valentine’s Day in Spanish: 14 chunks to ask & answer

If you want to ask a friend what they’re doing on Valentine’s Day, you may say: 

  1. ¿Qué vas a hacer en San Valentín? (What are you doing on Valentine’s Day?)
  2. ¿Cómo vas a celebrar San Valentín? (How will you celebrate Valentine’s Day?)

The answer to these questions may be: 

  1. Voy a llevar serenata. (I’ll serenade —my significant other.)
  2. Voy a llevarla al cine. (I’m taking her / my girlfriend to the movie theater.)
  3. Vamos a ir de viaje. (We’re going on a trip.)
  4. Hice reservación en nuestro restaurante favorito. (I made a reservation at our favorite restaurant.)
  5. Voy a dar anillo. (Literally, I’m going to give a ring.) —This is the expression used to say that someone is going to propose. Some people think Valentine’s Day is the right day to do that. Very brave of them!
  6. Se la voy a cantar. (Literally, I’ll sing it to her/him.) —This is an expression used in Mexico to say that you intend to declare your love to someone.

Now, if you want to talk about the gifts or tokens, you may ask:

  1. ¿Qué le vas a regalar en San Valentín? (What will you give them on Valentine’s Day?)
  2. ¿Qué te regalaron en San Valentín? (What did you get on Valentine’s Day?)

If someone asks you either of these questions, you may respond: 

  1. Le compré un peluche. (I bought them a stuffed animal.)
  2. Le voy a dar chocolates. (I’ll give them a box of chocolates.)
  3. Le mandé flores. (I sent them flowers.)
  4. Me dijo “te amo”. (They said “I love you”.)

4. Fun Facts about Valentine’s Day in Latin America

Now, if you are not dating anyone at the moment), you’ll be happy to know that Valentine’s Day is not celebrated on February 14 in all countries.


Andar con (literally, to stroll with) is the expression native speakers use, especially in Mexico, to talk about dating…

The chunks that are often used are:

  • No ando con nadie (I’m not dating anyone at the moment)
  • Ando con Pablo (I’m dating Pablo)
  • ¿A poco ella anda con él? (Is she really dating him?!), which is very common when gossipping

There’s actually a story behind these chunks!

In some Mexican villages, people gather at the main square. There, men walk on one side and women on the opposite side. If a guy is interested in a specific girl, he gives her una flor (a flower) and if she keeps the flower for a while, pueden ir a caminar juntos (they may go for a walk together). Legend has it that this is why people say andar con alguien (to date someone) because the verb andar means to walk.

So, if you’re not really interested in celebrating Valentine’s Day in February, you might want to travel to: 

Colombia or BoliviaSeptember

…that’s when people celebrate love and friendship in those countries. Interesting, huh?

And if you want to talk about the flirting process, you may say: 

  • Me tira el perro. (Literally, they’re throwing a dog at me.)
  • Me tira el calzón. (Literally, they’re throwing their underpants at me.) —Disgusting, I know!

These two phrases are used to talk about flirtatious behavior. So, if you happen to have a crush on a Mexican woman porque te tiró el perro (because she hit on you), and if you are thinking about dating her, check out my article to discover the secrets to a successful relationship with a Mexican woman.

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