Celebrating San Giuseppe

Celebrating San Giuseppe

Also known as St. Joseph’s Day SAN GIUSEPPE In Italy, the festival of San Giuseppe, also known as St. Joseph’s Day, is celebrated on March 19th each year. This day is dedicated to honoring St. Joseph, the husband of the Virgin Mary and foster father of...
FERRAGOSTO: A BELOVED ITALIAN HOLIDAY

FERRAGOSTO: A BELOVED ITALIAN HOLIDAY

AHHH, FERRAGOSTO! The summer festival that grips the hearts of all Italians.  In my 35 years of experience in Italy, no holiday evokes more sense of tradition, history and family memories than this annual event. Ferragosto, Feriae Augusti or Festivals of Augustus,...

The Bonfires of San Antonio

Every January a curious tradition takes place in Southern Italy, The Bonfires of San Antonio! In local jargon it is called the “Fócara di Sant’Antonio”.  For the people of Puglia, it is a mix of religion and pagan rite going back centuries.  The...