March 19th is a big day for “Twilight” fans – a day of annual Volterra commemorative vampire-ousting festivities, wherein a grieving Edward plans to sacrifice himself to the Volturi out of his extreme sorrow over the thought of having to live in a world without Bella. As it turns out (spoiler alert!), Bella is actually alive, ends up saving Edward with Alice’s help, and the rest is… well, you’ll have to read the book or see the “New Moon” movie, which is out on DVD tomorrow (insert sound of happy, happy Twi-hards here).
Though there is an actual Volterra, Italy, there isn’t actually a St. Marcus Day festival. There is however a St. Mark’s Day festival (Or San Marco, if you’re Italian), which takes place on April 25th in Venice and is known as the “Festival of the Blooming Rose.”
So it may not be a real holiday today, but hey – if you need an excuse, go ahead and eat, drink and be merry in honor of St. Marcus Day. It’s Friday, at least.