Category Archives: Holidays & Customs

‘Fare San Michele’: Moving Day for the Métayer

Fare San Michele is an Italian idiom synonymous with ‘moving day’. In the mezzadria era, contracts between farm laborers and landowners expired on September 29, which is also the feast day of Saint Michael (aka Michaelmas), and thus it was on … Continue reading

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Saving the Sagra: Borgo San Lorenzo Acts to Preserve Tradition & Quality

The Italian sagra is a subject dear to me. The blend of wacky sagra atmosphere and good, cheap eats has for years appealed to the foodie in me as well as the observer of things Italian. The sagra tradition was … Continue reading

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The Decline of the Sagra? A Cherished Tradition, Changing with the Times

Sagra is the name given to an Italian community’s celebration of a culinary specialty or agricultural product. A variant of sacra (sacred), sagra can also refer to the festivities surrounding a church consecration, a patron saint feast, or a commemorative … Continue reading

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Pasqua, Pasquetta…

Happy Easter to loved ones near and far. Today is Easter Sunday, 2011, my tenth Easter holiday in Italy and the tenth to be celebrated in wonderfully down-home Italian style at my in-laws. I’m looking forward to a relaxed, chore-free, … Continue reading

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