Pentecost Sunday

Pentecost Sunday is really like the opening of the “Buona Stagione” here in Italy. In religious celebrations, it is when the Holy Spirit came down and gave the “gift of tongues” meaning language to the Apostles, 50 days after Easter. ( Penta means 5). All over Italy, there are celebrations with flowers, often using petals…

May 1- Worker’s Day

Primo Maggio, first day of May is international worker’s day. The immage above shows worker’s striking for their rights. “Otto ore di lavoro, otto di svago, otto per dormire”  8 hours of work, 8 hours of relax, 8 hours of sleep… For most now it is a day to be with friends and have fun….

Florentine New Year’s Day

March 21 is the official beginning of Spring, Primaver but here in Tuscany we celebrate New Year’s day, on March 25th, which was the feast of the Annunciation, in the Catholic church. Pope Gregory created the Gregorian Calendar in 1582 and declared January 1 as the beginning of the new  year but Florence kept March…

Father’s Day-San Giuseppe

Most of the world is in a frenzy celebrating Saint Patrick’s day, which in Italy is mostly expats and students hanging out in the Irish pubs. But we all wait for San Giuseppe as it is always celebrated with food! Surprise. San Giuseppe ( Saint Joseph) is also Father’s day in Italy. Each region of…

Festa delle Donne- March 8

Today is all about celebrating women, you will see the lovely mimosa blossoms everywhere for sale or as gifts from shopkeepers. I have written about it on my blog. This year Italy decided to have a transportation strike! Another wonderful thing about living here… these one day strikes, to screw things up! Tonight many women…