The 3 Essentials of “Día del amigo” celebrations
El Día del amigo is celebrated on July, 20 in Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay & Paraguay. It’s August’s Friendship day equivalent, with a latin twist. There are some things us latinos consider essential when getting together with our closest & dearest.
Meals are very important in the latin culture, they symbolize the coming together and the sharing with those we trust and love. When celebrating, high-carb, delicious foods are eaten. Normally people order high-carb foods like pizza or empanadas, but those gifted enough may cook to show their love.
Día del amigo is normally celebrated by going out and partying, specially when people are young &/or single. But before that always comes la previa, the pre-party where everyone gets together, drinks & plays games before going out. Gifts are not so big on this occasion, but those who choose to give them do it during la previa.
The party itself is usually in a club or disco, with lots of other people as drunk and happy as you are. At the end of the night, in Argentina and Uruguay it is very common to hear Un amigo es una luz, ”a friend is a light”, by Los Enanitos verdes (yes, green little dwarves!). Everyone immediately finds their best friends, hugs them, and sing their hearts out. Tears are occasionally seen.
Bonus track: El amigo con derechos
As el Día del amigo evolved, people realized it was yet another opportunity to get with the opposite (or same) sex, some great PR came about el amigo con derechos, the friend with benefits. See more on that here.
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