While most countries have already celebrated Valentine’s Day this year, Brazil has been gearing up for it this week (Wednesday, June 12th).

Dia dos Namorados in Brazil falls on the day before Saint Anthony’s day (considered to be the marriage saint) and is widely considered the main reason why Valentine’s Day is observed in June rather than February. Another possible reason is that the traditional Valentine’s Day on February 14th would clash with Brazil’s famous Carnival celebration, which takes place around the same time.

Aside the difference in date, the traditions of Valentine’s Day are very similar as in Europe and North America. Gifts are exchanged, usually of chocolates or flowers, and couples go out to enjoy a meal together, or some other ‘date-night’ activity. (source: www.riotimesonline.com, www.latinpost.com)

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