People celebrate carnival around the world the week before Lent, a Christian period of fasting and reflection. Traditionally held in areas with large Catholic populations, carnival often includes a parade with costumes and music- yet each country has their own unique traditions. Let’s look at some unique ways people celebrate carnival around the world.
Carnival in Europe
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My good friend Laura Rossi of Como, Italy, mother of 2 beautiful children, shared with me some of the many Italian Christmas traditions taking place during the month of December.
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Christmas traditions in Italy are based heavily on the religion of Christianity, and on the Italian holiday calendar. Christmas in Italy isn’t only the special day of December 25: throughout December and January there are a number of religious holidays to mark the festive season.
DECEMBER 6: La Festa di San Nicola. This festival in honor of St. Continue reading
Carnevale (also known as Carnival, Carnaval, Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday): the word itself comes from Latin, “Carne Vale” or “Farewell to the Flesh,” and refers to the week preceding Lent, a Catholic period of 40 days of fasting, personal reflection, and abstinence until Easter. Countries with large Catholic populations (Brazil, Italy, Mexico, the US, and really most of Latin America) generally have some type of celebration right before Lent.
Recently I was talking with my friend Laura Rossi, from Como, Italy. She offered to share her recipe for chiacchiere. Chiacchiere is a fried dough, Continue reading