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…

Too many Saints!

I really didn’t want to post too often, but the holidays are just back to back right now. Some are just for fun, but some actually affect you daily life. If a town has a patron saint or two, like my village, things shut down. Today is Valentine’s day, which needs to introduction, although now…

Carnevale-Berlingaccio

One of the most colorful of all the holidays and perhaps wildest, is Carnevale. Each region has a different way of celebrating some more famous than others. Nearby in Tuscany, we have a huge parade in Viareggio, which I have attended and adored. Huge floats made from paper machè on large structures, often with moving…