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Dia dos Namorados, All Week Long

By Mary Carroll, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Dia dos Namorados (June 12th) is the Brazilian version of Valentine’s Day and is celebrated on the eve of St. Anthony’s Day (June 13th), the Portuguese patron saint of matrimony. Over history, the story is that girls would pray to St. Anthony for a husband, but of course today it is a general celebration of love and romance.

Legend tells of girls writing the names of three potential boyfriends on little pieces of paper and placing them under their pillow on June 12th. The first name to be pulled . . .

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