San Valentino protector of bee keepers?

Above: The relics of San Valentino (3rd century A.D.) Terni, Umbria.

Did you know that 3rd-century martyr San Valentino is not just the patron saint of lovers? He is also the protector of affianced couples, persons who suffer from fainting, bee keepers, and happy marriages.

Very little is known about the life of San Valentino and the celebration of his feast day (today, February 14). In fact, his association with happy marriages and lovers is probably owed to an ancient Anglo-Saxon belief that birds mate in mid-February.

In Italy today, Valentine’s day is celebrated much as it is in the U.S.: lovers from all walks of life treat their beloved to romantic meals.

In Italian you say…

BOO’OHN SAHN VAH-lehn-TEE-noh

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