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The Festival of Candelora

By Patrick O’Boyle, Esq. A Pasca Epifania “tutt’e ffeste vanno via”. Risponne ‘a Cannelora : “No, ce stongo io ancora” – (Easter said to Epiphany, “Now all the holidays are gone,” and Candlemas spoke up and said, “I’m still here!”) – Old … Continue reading

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A moment in history… By Rosario Mariani, http://www.europebychoice.com In the late 1950’s and early 1960’s, the Italian economy was booming with a growth rate of around 6.2% per year.  Today, many look back and wish they could enjoy such a … Continue reading

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Italian Proverbs for the New Year By Rosario Mariani, http://www.europebychoice.com Italian parents and grandparents were always there to guide us. Inevitably they always summed up their philosophy of life with a good Italian proverb.  Here are the top Italian proverbs … Continue reading

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“Big Cheese” or “Big Wheel” By Rosario Mariani, http://www.europebychoice.com Are you the “Big Cheese” or the “Big Wheel” among your business friends? The terms “Big Cheese” and “Big Wheel” come from the Medieval times and were terms of respect for those who … Continue reading

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Il Panettone  By Rosario Mariani, http://www.europebychoice.com As an Italian or Italian American, you can’t celebrate Christmas without sharing a Panettone with your family and friends. Whether you choose to eat it at the end of  “il Cenone di Natale,” with … Continue reading

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“Il Presepe”  By Rosario Mariani, http://www.europebychoice.com On December 8th we celebrated the feast of the Immaculate Conception and the Vatican ushered in the “Year of the Jubilee.”  For the Italians, it was the start of a joyous Christmas season. The main … Continue reading

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“The Zampognari” By Rosario Mariani, http://www.europebychoice.com December 8th is the Feast of the Immaculate Conception and Italy officially prepares for il Santo Natale. In most of Southern Italy, it is quite common to see the zampognari playing Christmas carols in grottoes, … Continue reading

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The Ghetto By Rosario Mariani, http://www.europebychoice.com To many, the “ghetto” is part of the city in which members of a minority group live. The term, however, was originally coined in Venice to describe the section of the city to which … Continue reading

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Italians live by proverbs By Rosario Mariani, http://www.europebychoice.com Whenever I go back to Italy and speak to the elders of my small village, they all seem to understand the meaning life better than city-folks. A conversation with a town elder … Continue reading

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Italian “firsts” There have been a number of Italian “firsts” throughout history (perhaps too many to count), but here are just a few of Italians’ contributions to history as the “first” to do or create something. By Rosario Mariani, http://www.europebychoice.comContinue reading

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