Carolina L. M. wrote to us from Colombia about Love and Friendship Day (El Día de Amor y Amistad)…
Hello! My name is Carolina I am a teacher in Colombia, South America! In schools we do not celebrate Valentine’s Day in February, but we do celebrate Love and Friendship Day the third Saturday in September!
What we do at schools is write down the names of all the students in the class in little folded papers and put them into a bowl or bag randomly so everyone in the class can pick a little paper without letting others know who they got. So it is a kind of secret friend.
It is usual that kids leave some candy on the secret friend’s desk or even anonymous friendship cards. This activity goes on over one week (the second week in September) and then, in the third week of the month, all classes do an activity to exchange gifts so kids are able to finally let everybody know who was their secret friend. Kids enjoy this activity so much because it is exciting for them to discover who was the secret friend. This activity is nice because it involves all the kids, so everybody gets a friendship gift.
In some schools kids buy the gift they want for their secret friend, but in other schools the teacher collects a list of possible gifts kids would like to receive from their secret friend. This way kids have an idea in case they don’t know what to give. The teacher sticks the list on the classroom wall so everybody is able to check what his/her secret friend would like to receive.
Kids also give some chocolate or affection cards to the teachers that day.
That’s the way we celebrate Love and Friendship Day with the kids in schools in Colombia. :)
Carolina wrote about the image: It’s a picture of one card that I liked a lot because it was made for the day of Love and Friendship with recycled cardboard, colorful clay, and a pencil (to outline drawings). Also, other cool thing about this card is that it was stored in a transparent recycled box to conserve it.
Many thanks to Carolina L. M for writing to us about Love and Friendship Day in Colombia! -Mama Lisa
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