Saint Anthony of Padua is the patron saint of lost items. In Portugal, Spain, and Brazil, there are legends of his aiding those with broken hearts in finding their lost love again. And since the Brazilian Carnival is celebrated in February, they have no time during those festivities to celebrate Valentine’s day. Instead, they celebrate Dia dos Namorados on June 12th, the eve of the feast of Saint Anthony.
Today the World Cup begins in São Paulo. And it’s no secret that Brazil loves football.
Feliz Dia dos Namorados, everyone, and enjoy the game!