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Why does Brazil celebrate Valentine’s Day on June 12?

Why does Brazil celebrates Valentine's Day today?
Brazil doesn’t celebrates Valentine’s Day on Feb.14

If you are a foreigner living in Brazil, you may have noticed a change in advertisements and shop-windows. All of a sudden, stores have become dominated by heart-shaped objects and have gone heavy on love-themed products. That’s because the Brazilian version of Valentine’s Day is celebrated on June 12 – February 14 is a date that means very little to Brazilians.

In the U.S. and Europe, February 14 is ostensibly celebrated in honor of Saint Valentine of Rome, a Christian martyr who, according to hagiography, lived during the Roman Empire and was imprisoned for secretly performing weddings for soldiers who...

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