Palm Sunday is one week before the resurrection of Jesus. It is the last Sunday of Lent and the first day of Holy Week. It is a day we dedicate to the remembrance of his entrance into Jerusalem which is known as the triumphal entry. The triumphal entry is mentioned in various books of the Bible including Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.
After Christmas, Easter is the most celebration to Christian Italians. In Italy, this religious festival is called Pasqua. The celebrations last throughout the entire weekend with various events taking place across the country. There are also some traditions that the Italians follow at Easter and these vary in different areas of Italy.
Celebrated on March 17 each year, Saint Patrick’s Day is an event to honor the life and work of Saint Patrick, the Patron Saint of Ireland. People of Irish heritage become very patriotic on this day regardless of where they currently reside and events take place across the globe. While most people are aware of Saint Patrick’s Day, very few know much about the man himself.
Contrary to common belief, witches are not solely evil old women with warts who fly around on broomsticks and laugh wickedly. The exception is La Befana, the gift-giving witch of Italy. Many wonder why children in Italy hang their stocking up on the night of the epiphany. This tradition dates back to an ancient Italian legend. Although the legend of the Italian Santa Claus, Babbo Natale, has been celebrated in Northern Italy for many years, he is still a comparatively new Christmas figure in Italy. La Befana is the oldest, and most popular figure to come during Christmas in Italy. She dates back to approximately a thousand years ago! The name La Befana translates to mean “epiphany".
Andrea Bocelli is a famous Italian opera singer who is best-known for singing music in the operatic pop genre. This highly successful and popular artist has sold over 80 million records worldwide and is credited with popularizing classical music by bringing it to the international pop charts. He has released fifteen solo studio albums and collaborated with many other talented and successful artists.
Many can agree that Italians are known to be quite superstitious, whether it be believing in the unlucky number 17 or wearing a cornicello around their neck to protect against the evil eye! The majority of the New Year's Eve traditions in Italy are great examples of superstitions! Every country has different New Year's … Continue reading Broken Glasses, Bingo, and Red Underwear: New Year’s Eve Italian Style
Zeppole are also known as "frittelle" in northern Italy. This pastry is made of deep-fried dough and topped with powdered sugar. They are commonly filled with custard, cannoli cream, or jelly. They are common in Naples and Rome.
The song "Ave Maria" was originally written by Franz Schubert. Andrea Bocelli covered this song on his 1995 album "Viaggio Italiano".