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Love Across Cultures: Mexico

Erika Viramontes from Mexico

Erika Viramontes
Photo from Kathy Gardner
When I was 17 years old, my boyfriend serenaded me. He brought a mariachi band to my house and sang many songs. My father didn't let me go outside; I could only hear the music from a window of my house.


 

There are different ways to show love for somebody in each country. In Mexico, my native country, you donít bring your boyfriend or girlfriend inside your familyís house until the relationship is serious. Then you introduce him or her to your parents.

After that, your boyfriend or girlfriend can visit you in your house and share family events. But they canít go inside the bedroom; they can stay in the living room or garden.

When I was 15 years old, I couldnít have a boyfriend because my father was very strict.

When I was 16, I had a boyfriend but we needed to hide him from my father because he didnít let me have a boyfriend.

When I was 17 years old, my boyfriend serenaded me. He brought a mariachi band to my house and sang many songs. My father didnít let me go outside; I could only hear the music from a window of the house.

On that day, my boyfriend knocked on the door and talked with my father. He told my father he wanted to marry me. My father talked with me and then he let us be boyfriend and girlfriend. My boyfriend gave me a ring to be engaged with him.

In Mexico, couples are more affectionate than here in the United States. Itís common to see couples holding hands and kissing in public. In Mexico there is the tradition that the boyfriend serenades the girlfriend at night at her house. Also, the man picks up the girl from her home and takes her out to dinner. He will give her flowers and an inexpensive present. He will pay the bill!


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