Venetian men show their romantic side on St Mark’s Day every year as they give roses to their beloved womenfolk.
On April 25th, Festa del Bocolo – rose bud festival – sees this tradition take place, with not just girlfriends, wives and lovers receiving the beautiful flowers but also mothers, sisters and any women who are important in a man’s life.
St Mark the Evangelist was a first-century gospel-writer, the patron saint of the city of Venice and is widely credited with the founding of the church in Africa.
After his death his remains are thought to have stolen and taken to Venice, where they lie in the basilica which bears his name.
Visitors on Venice tours might find themselves caught up in the mood and are encouraged to participate in this charming custom, which could see a few brownie points notched up with their significant other to boot.
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