Why Brazilians celebrate “Valentine’s Day” on 12th of June – Dia dos Namorados

Do you know why Brazilians don’t celebrate “being in love” on “Valentine’s Day”?

While around the world love birds celebrate “Valentine’s Day” on 14th February, Brazilians celebrate it on St Antony’s Eve Day (12th June) as part of the traditional “ Festa Junina” – The Brazilian June Winter Folk Festival – where couples dance around bonfires.

In Brazil around St Valentine’s Day, (14th February) it’s summer and Carnaval time – not necessarily a time associated with fidelity and romantic love.

Curiously both saints are somehow connected with the idea of marriage.

St Valentine was beheaded in Rome for secretly marrying Roman Empire soldiers against the orders of the Emperor Claudius II the cruel, on 14th February 269 AC. Legend also has it that while in jail, St. Valentine left a farewell note for the jailer’s daughter, who had become his friend, and signed it “From Your Valentine.”

St Antony was born in Portugal and died naturally in Padua in 13th June 1231 almost a millennium after St Valentine. He was considered a protector of lovers because he helped to finance marriages of pour families. In a time that fathers of girls were expected to pay to get their daughters married, St Antony helped them to find the funds for it.

If you love music, culture and stories, you are invited on a musical passage on the train of colours, precious gems, and songs from the Interior of Brazil. A blazing show to warm your winter and light a bonfire of the heart.

Juliana Areias – Beautiful Horizons – Festa do Interior Concert – ( Dia dos Namorados) – Sat 12 June 2021 – 7pm at The Ellington Jazz Club – Perth – Western Australia.

Tickets and information at: http://www.julianaareias.com

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