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In Italy, every April 25, the day of liberation from the Nazi-fascist army in 1945 is commemorated, for Venetians this date has a twofold and even deeper bond: it represents the date of martyrdom and death of the patron, San Marco Evangelist, whose tradition has it that he received the message Pax Tibi Marce Evangelista meus from the angel in what is now Campo San Francesco della Vigna.

The attachment to this saint is certainly linked to the arrival in the lagoon of his relics in 828, stolen from Alexandria and deposited in the basilica dedicated to him. Soon, he became the patron saint of the city.

In conjunction with this festival, the custom of the traditional bòcolo is still alive during which men in love give their loved ones a red rosebud as a pledge of their love. There are many legends that revolve around this tradition but surely the most credited one is the one that tells the love story between a beautiful and wealthy girl and a humble and courageous young man ready to do anything to convince his father to give him his hand of the daughter.

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