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Valentine’s Day might only come once a year, but it can often feel overly hokey and forcibly sentimental. For those you hold nearest and dearest, you don’t need a holiday created by greeting card companies to show you care.

Saint Mark’s Day in Venice, known also as the rosebud festival, celebrates Venice’s patron saint, Mark, who Christians believe to be the author to the New Testament’s Gospel of Mark, and calls upon city males to give a single rosebud to a woman they love.

The Saint Mark’s Day tradition is believed to have started in the 8th century, when a man from a low social class fell in love with a noblewoman, but couldn’t gain her father’s approval. The man went to war to gain the father’s admiration and was mortally wounded, but managed to send a rose from a nearby rosebush back home to his love.

Saint Mark’s Day is celebrated throughout Venice, particularly at Saint Mark’s Basilica and with various performances in Saint Mark’s Square.

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