Did you know today is Dia dos Namorados, aka Valentine’s Day, in Brazil? No? Neither did I, at least until I saw Tom Brady and Gisele drop tandem lovey-dovey posts on Instagram.
Why Brazil observes the “holiday” in the middle of June (via Brazilian Experience):
The Dia dos Namorados is celebrated on June 12 because of its proximity to Saint Anthony’s Day on June 13. This Saint is very known in Brazil as they believe he blessed young couples with a prosperous marriage. During the occasion, typically, young couples exchange gifts, flowers and chocolates, they also have a grand dinner as well -it can be homemade or at a restaurant.