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For Christians, the Passover Seder became known as the “Last Supper,” the foreshadowing of Christ’s crucifixion, death, and resurrection on Easter Sunday and the beginning of Christianity

The Full Moon and Easter Sunday

For a number of years, I have wondered why Easter Sunday falls at different times of the spring season. Although Easter usually comes in the month of...
Traditionally, the Christmas story often told is one of three kings called the magi who had traveled from the east to pay homage to the new-born King

“Of Kings and Magi and Myrrh”

Each Christmas season brings with it the telling and retelling of a familiar tale portraying the nativity of Jesus Christ. Camouflaged within the...
In recent years, the celebration of Halloween has made its way into Italy’s list of holidays

“Dolcetto o Scherzetto?” Trick or treat?

It is difficult to say exactly when vigilia d ’Ognissanti or Halloween first took hold in Italy. This spooky day seems to have floated into existence...

Do You Believe in Santa Claus? Part two of a magic story

In the first half of this two-part discussion, we left off with the question, “How did St. Nicholas become Santa Claus?” I must answer by first...
Saint Nicholas is particularly woshipped in Northern Europe as Sinterklaas

Do you really believe in Santa Claus? Ask Saint Nicholas

One Christmas day some years ago, as my family gathered around the Christmas tree, my granddaughter looked up at me and asked, “Grandpa, do you...
Thanksgiving celebration, an ancient tradition at the end of the crop year and the beginning of the winter break

Happy Thanksgiving in Italian

There is something strange about the Thanksgiving holiday that sets it apart from other holidays. Perhaps it’s the expectation of a house full of...
Ancient Romans, America, Italian culture, Italian heritage, Italian american, Italian news, Italian traditions

Ancient Romans in America?

Can anyone possibly imagine an ancient Roman ship floundering in heavy seas off the coast of what is now South America? There are some who theorize...
Pompeii, Voices from the Past, Eruption, Italian culture, Italian heritage, Italian american, Italian news, Italian traditions

Voices from the Past (part two): The eruption of Mount Vesuvius

The eruption of Mount Vesuvius lasted two days. The only witness to document his observations was Pliny the Younger, who recorded what he saw from...
Pompeii, Mount Vesuvius, Voices from the Past, Italian culture, Italian heritage, Italian american, Italian news, Italian traditions

Voices from the Past in Pompeii (part one)

It happened 1,935 years ago this August 24. The year was 79 AD, and at the base of Mount Vesuvius sat the city of Pompeii, home to about 12,000...
Antonio Salieri, Mozart, italian culture, italian heritage, italian american, italian news, italian traditions

Who Was Antonio Salieri? (part two)

By some accounts, to say that Salieri and Mozart were professional rivals, is putting it mildly. A rivalry between Mozart and Salieri was well known...

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