Valentine’s Day is a day to find love, to exchange flowers and gifts with your partner, and to dedicate yourself to your relationship. However, in the Mexican city of San Luis Potosi, this does not happen in the same way.
In search of love, thousands of people flock to the Saucito cemetery to visit the grave of General Silverio Ramirez, a soldier who devoted himself to love for his wife Manuela Adame, who died of sadness after his death.
(SOUNDBITE, Spanish)- Daniel Ríos, visitor
“I came to see if the legend is true. I came to the Saucito cemetry to write a wish on a bit of paper and leave it on the grave.”
When the general fought for the conservative army during the Mexican Reform War in 1857, he was known as a demanding man. Therefore, the petitioners write their desires in an energetic way, including the use of swear words or other passionate words to help them come true.
While the couple’s grave are visited by petitioning lovers all year to receive the general’s help, February is the busiest month.
(SOUNDBITE, Spanish) – María Ruiz, visitor
“If you need a miracle, I urge you to wish for one. I have a wish but I can’t say it.”
The Saucito cemetery is one of the oldest in Latin America and numerous famous residents dwell in its crypts.
Hundreds of petitioners are often found at once beside the grave to curse in the name of love. In addition to reciting a string of nonsense, visitors also have to take a good bouquet for the general’s wife, or the wish risks not being granted.