LINGUISTICS & CULTURE
|Data:||08/FEV/2007 3:35 PM|
Valentine's Day is probably celebrated more in the USA than in Brazil. I was trying to explain the concept to some Argentines years ago when one simply said, "It's a day of friendship." And that is true! In addition to the romantic side (husband-wife, sweethearts, etc.), it's common for children and parents, brothers and sisters, sometimes entire classroom of younger students, etc. to exchange cards, token presents of candy, etc. Forgetting your sweetheart in the USA on Valentine's Day can be hazardous to your health. Give some chocolates, buy her flowers, take her dancing.... but don't forget!
St. Patrick Day is celebrated all over the USA, but in some areas where the Irish presence is felt heavily, it's a day of parades, political speeches, etc. One tradition is to drink beer that has been dyed green. Another is to wear something green that day. When I was a kid, students would pinch anyone found not wearing green. It could be a blouse, shirt, ribbon, earrings, etc.
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