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…

Sant’Agata

Yes, winter has a lot of holidays that have wonderful celebrations. Perhaps it has something to do with the fact that nothing is being done on the farms right now and it is dark and cold and people need to bring some joy into their lives? Also, not all Saint’s days are celebrated all over…

Giorni della Merla

You really have to pay attention in Italy with all the holidays, festivals and traditions. Although Italy is a Catholic country, home to the Pope, many of the Catholic holidays took over Pagan holidays. At the end of January, are the “Days of the Blackbird”. Based on the weather during these three days, it let’s…

Bless these Animals

I know, a lot of holy days. Living in a Catholic country, everyday has it’s patron saint, some even more than one. Today is Sant’ Antonio Abate. Not the Saint Anthony who you pray to if you lose something, but the one that is the Patron Saint of animals. How do you tell? Look down,…