Forget San Valentino; if you’re single celebrate San Faustino!

san-faustino-singleValentine’s Day can be an unwelcome holiday for the unattached, but Italians have a solution. In 2001 they adopted February 15, the Feast of Saint Faustino, as Singles’ Day.

The holiday, launched by Vita da Single, is officially celebrated in Turin, Milan and Rome with singles-only parties and the opportunity to make friends. According to the Vita da Single website, this is “the most important date of the year for singles.”

They also have a section of the site dedicated to San Faustino with ideas for singles to celebrate including film, music and gift recommendations. The Italian site recommends that singles give themselves a day of relaxation.

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But who exactly was Saint Faustino and why has he become the patron saint of singles? Saint Faustino is the patron saint of Brescia, Lombardy with his brother, Saint Govita.

Saints Faustino and Govita were martyred in the second century, with the date widely believed to be February 15. Like Saint Valentino, little is known about Saints Faustino and Govita, but the belief is that God saved them from death under Emperor Hadrian many times before they were finally beheaded, according to Widow’s Weeds.

It’s said that as a priest, Saint Faustino would help young women find partners. Single’s Day was adopted on February 15 for this reason, as well as its proximity to Valentine’s Day; the Latin origin of the name Faustino means auspicious or lucky. Those looking for a mate see San Faustino Day as a bright outlook for the future.

Despite its importance for those wanting a relationship, San Faustino Day is a light-hearted holiday for all singles, both those looking for love and those happy to be single.

Written by OSIA National Office Staff Assistant, Carol Cummings.

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3 thoughts on “Forget San Valentino; if you’re single celebrate San Faustino!

  1. Surely you meant to type “St.” Valentine’s Day at the start of this article. After all, we don’t go around on March 17th and say “Happy Patrick’s Day”, do we? This long overdue, prefaced respect for ‘SAINT’ Valentine is even outlined in OSIA’s latest “ItalianAmerica’s” WINTER issue!). So come on, do some of that magical editing and put a “St.” in front of his name inhtis article, will ya? Of all places, shouldn’t the main OSIA website give our Italian hero, Valentinus, his due respect?

  2. PS: Elsewhere in this article, Saint Valentine is again referred to as ‘Valentine’ (second-to-last paragraph) while other saints (Saint Faustino, Saint Govita) are properly respected. Please consider re-editing this article so that St Valentine could be properly respected. Although he is respected in the article’s title as San Valentino, this respect ought to be consistent.

    Just before Saint Valentine’s Day I stopped in a neighborhood Hallmark store and they had NO cards for “St.” Valentine’s Day, but of course had plenty for ‘Valentine’s Day’. The place to begin to raise awareness for matters like this is at OSIA. Please help raise this awareness. Thank you.

  3. Pingback: Saint Faustino’s Day: Celebrating Singledom the Italian Way | Gracefully Global Blog

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