Many Catholic countries celebrate the Assumption of Mary on August 15th, including Italy. This date is also a traditional day off in Italy, called “Ferragosto”. Don’t be surprised if everything seems to be shut down for this day, indeed even some shops and restaurants may be closed (although it is in the middle of the..
A lot is still collected from nature here in the Marche: wild asparagus in spring, mushrooms in autumn and herbs in summer. The nicht before Saint John the Baptist plays a special role in this, because the dew that falls that night is said to have special healing powers, and so the “Acqua di San..
When I was a child, I was not fully aware of the meaning of the procession taking place in my little hamlet on Good Friday. The only thing that I knew was that I was really impressed by the people setting up the small lights from the early afternoon, the silence in the Church and..
The Saint of the day has always been very important in my family, especially according to my grandma. She masters a variety of saying depending on the exact day, and also a lot of traditions related to it.For example, 17th January is Saint Antonio Abbot and there are plenty of traditions related to him. Saint..
We don’t need to go back dozens and dozens of years to answer this question, as the habits of the children have changed so rapidly that even my childhood’s toys differ from the ones from today. Isabelle, my Dutch fellow blogger, has discovered a beautiful museum that can help us in answering this question: Museogiocando..
Last year we introduced you to the magic world of presepe, may it be made by wooden figures or live. We talked about it in this post: https://www.eccolemarche.eu/blog/2018/12/27/the-art-of-presepe-in-jesi-the-special-tribute-to-le-marche/ The peculiarity in Italy, and in le Marche, is that the nativity scene is not only displayed in private homes, but also as a live play in..