Upcoming Social Events:
- Practice your English conversation skills with native English speakers!
- Tuesday, February 14
- 4:30 – 5:30 pm
- MEZ 1.212
- Come join @utexasmacc and @utexascee for an afternoon of friendship, love, and fun! There will be music, food, and a bunch of fun activities for everyone! Come celebrate Amor y Amistad!
- Wednesday, February 15
- WCP Ballroom
- Socialize with your friends in the ELC during this traditional American party game!
- Thursday, February 16
- 4:30 – 5:30 pm
- PAR 301
Valentine’s Day in the US
Valentine’s Day has been celebrated for centuries around the world. Each country has developed their own traditions. “Americans celebrate Valentine’s Day each year on February 14th by sending cards or letters, giving gifts such as chocolate or flowers, and having meals in restaurants.” (americanenglish.state.gov)
To Americans, the Valentine’s Day holiday is synonymous with the greeting cards known simply as “valentines!” “School children often exchange Valentine cards and candy with their classmates. Sometimes students make their own Valentine cards in class, which are usually decorated with images of hearts, red roses, or Cupid. A short and sweet message, such as the following well-known rhyme often appears on the card: Roses are red, Violets are blue, Sugar is sweet, And so are you!” (americanenglish.state.gov) Some people buy very fancy and ornate “valentines.” Other people will make their own homemade cards. What matters the most to American’s is how sincere the message of love is inside the card.
Typically, Americans in relationships will either prepare a special meal at home or “take each other out” to have dinner at a nice restaurant. Valentine’s Day is one of the busiest days of the year for restaurants. Many restaurants have a special menu for couples to celebrate Valentine’s Day. If you plan to have a romantic dinner with your partner at a popular restaurant, you may need to make a reservation in advance. Americans may make a special dinner at home for their romantic partner by preparing their favorite meal or an elaborate meal. Playing nice music and having lots of candles will make it more romantic. Just like with the cards, for most Americans it is the sentiment and sincere expression of love between couples that matters the most.