Italian Festivals


Festa della Donna: Symbolism of the Mimosa Flower

Today is the Festa della Donna, or International Women’s Day, a day dedicated to women that is becoming recognized more and more across the globe. If you don’t know what Women’s Day is, head on over to this blog post that explains its origins. As Valentine’s Day is famous for roses, Women’s Day is known...
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Festa Dei Morti in Southern Italy

Festa dei Morti or All Souls’ Day takes place on November 2nd every year in Italy. Although it’s not a national holiday, many schools and some businesses choose to remain closed on this day. What exactly is Festa dei Morti? Well, it is a day in which we honor those near and dear to us...
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Southern Italian Easter Processions You Don’t Want to Miss

Easter is a very important religious holiday in Italy. This year, Easter falls on April 16 th, and the Holy Week leading up to this day is always quite busy as many are preparing for or taking part in a traditional procession that goes back generations – the Passion Play. Throughout Italy, towns, cities and...
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Sweets for Father’s Day and the Festa di San Giuseppe

Today is the Festa di San Giuseppe, or St. Joseph’s Day and there are so many people celebrating this special day. Let’s start with the Sicilians, who for many of them look at St. Joseph as their patron saint. You see, during the Middle Ages it is believed that St. Joseph saved Sicily from a...
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