On 25 April in Venice we celebrate not only the national day of liberation, but also an important traditional Feast: the San Marco red bud.
Legend tells that in the 19th century, in the city of Venice, the daughter of Doge Orso I Partecipazio, Maria, loved a young man of humble origins, named Tancredi. The Doge didn’t want the two lovers spending time together, so Maria suggested to her beloved to fight against the Turks to redeem itself from its humble condition through the glory of military enterprises.
In fact he was valiantly in war and his reputation was known all over the world. During a battle, he was mortally wounded and fell on a rose garden. Before he died he called his friend Orlando and whispered, with the last breath, to deliver to his beloved a Rose Bud of that rose garden stained with his blood as extreme and last token of love.
On 25 April, the day after receiving from Orlando the sad message of love, Mary was found dead in his bed with the bud on her chest.
Since then, every April 25, according to tradition, the same tribute is repeated by Venetians so each of them can show his feelings to the woman beloved.
Therefore, if you are in Venice during this week don’t forget to do this homage to your love.