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Saturday
Feb092013

ELEONORA OF ARBOREA

Eleonora of Arborea (1347–1404) was the Giudicessa ("Female Judge")/Ruler of the House of Arborea, whose power extended over about 1/3 of Sardinia, from 1383 to her death. She was one of the last, most powerful and significant ruler of her times, as well as the island's most renowned heroine. Eleonora wrote a Constitution for Arborea, the Carta de Logu (Charter of Law), a body of laws which came into force in April 1395They were far more modern than the laws of other countries (more)

Thursday
Feb072013

FAT THURSDAY

Carnival involves a jolly attitude because in the past people were not allowed to celebrate anything during Lent (the 40-day period leading up to Easter). Carnival was their last chance. After that, no meat, no sugar, no music, no dancing, no plays, reason why thespians don’t like the color purple in theatres because priests wear purple during Lent. (more

 

A CARNIVAL STORY - HARLEQUIN'S COSTUME 

Harlequin (Arlecchino) is the most important character of Commedia dell'Arte. He is the acrobatic, lazy servant who has a few priorities in life: eating, sleeping and making out with his girlfriend Columbine. Therefore he is constantly in love, hungry, and tired, yet he can do a flip in a second if his master arrives unannounced. (more)

Monday
Jan212013

MALOCCHIO, THE EVIL EYE

Envy causes the “Evil Eye”, the gaze that brings about injury or bad luck to the subjet at whom it is directed. A person could be casting the Evil Eye intentionally or unintentionally and if you are even partly Italian you must have heard of Malocchio. (more)
Saturday
Jan052013

BEFANA: WERE YOU NAUGHTY OR NICE?

Befana delivers gifts to children throughout Italy on Epiphany Eve (the night of January 5). She is an ugly old lady who rides a broomstick in the sky, wearing a black shawl and covered in soot because she enters the houses through the chimney. Befana fills socks with candy and presents if children are good or with a lump of coal or dark rock-candy if they are bad.,,,,,
Wednesday
Jan022013

ITALIAN-AMERICAN MISS UNIVERSE BECAME 'LATINA'

On December 19 Olivia Culpo won Miss Universe 2012. Olivia grew up in Rhode Island, daughter of Susan and Peter Culpo. Her father is of Italian descent and her mother is of Irish and Italian ancestry. Both are musicians, and Olivia began studying cello in the second grade. she participated in the Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, Philharmonic Chamber Ensemble, Bay View Orchestra, All-State Orchestra, in the Boston Youth Symphony, and played in Boston Symphony Hall, Carnegie Hall, and in England. (more)

Sunday
Dec302012

ITALIAN-AMERICANS AND FIREWORKS

On New Year's Eve we wait for the famous ball drop in New York City's Times Square. In Italy people eat lentils, many wear red underwear for additional luck, and at the stroke of midnight, after kissing each other, they make a racket while watching fireworks illuminate the winter sky. Although fireworks were invented in 7th century China, Italians became the first Europeans to produce them. In the US, the Grucci and the Zambelli families have been leading the industry for quite some time. (more)

Monday
Dec032012

GRANDMA'S SECRETS

by Diane G. Costello - There it was just as I remembered it, a department store Christmas box with snow covered pines and a cursive capital B littering a silver background. Bloomingdales, maybe?  The yellowed tape and tattered corners spoke to its age and use. I had always spotted it whenever my grandma had searched for something in her bottom dresser drawer. (more)

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