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San Marco Festival in Venice

By April 19, 2009

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April 25, Liberation Day, is a national holiday in Italy celebrating the anniversary of Italy's liberation in WW II. In Venice it's also the day of another important festival - the feast day of Venice's patron saint, San Marco or Saint Mark.

venice arsenale gate pictureFesta di San Marco is celebrated with a procession in Piazza San Marco or St. Mark's Square. In Venice it's also the festa del Bocolo, blooming rose, a day when men present the women in their lives with a red rosebud. The origins may be from either of these two legends.

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Picture of Basilica San Marco 2006 by Martha Bakerjian, licensed to about.com

April 22, 2009 at 10:48 pm
(1) JoAnn says:

Ciao Martha, so nice to read about the (2!) legends of the red rose. Thank you so much for posting!

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