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    Funny Italian comic strip
    posted Saturday, January 23, 2010 |
    This is a funny Italian comic strip I saw in "I puzzle di Relax", a popular Italian magazine you can find at the newsstands all over Italy.

    Funny Italian comic strip which about some men stranded on a desert island

    Translation: Tell me: are you in favor or opposed to the idea of marriage?


    Pictures from a 7 fish dinner, Christmas Eve
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    Pictured below are some images from a 7-fish Christmas Eve Italian dinner, or the famous "festa dei sette pesci." This is moreso a tradition in central and southern Italy. The significance of seven is not really known for certain but there are a couple of theories. One theory is that seven is supposed to represent each day of the week. Another theory is that the number "7" relates to the number of Sacraments in the Roman Catholic Church. In any event, it is still a beautiful Christmas Eve tradition for Italians and many Italian-Americans. View the complete 7-fish slideshow.

    Spaghetti alle Vongole, or Spaghetti with Mussels Image of Salmone, a popular fish that is used in the Italian 7-fish Christmas Eve dinner Picture of some Italian Cannoli

    Per vedere tutto il slideshow, clicca qui!

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    Italian earthquakes and volcanoes; Haitian relief
    posted Sunday, January 17, 2010 |
    Being located on 2 seismic fault lines, Italy has been subject to many earthquakes over the years. They basically run along the spine of the country, right through the Apennine mountain range. The most recent major earthquake registered 6.3 on the Richter scale and happened on April 6, 2009; it left thousands of people homeless while killing approximately 150 people.

    The most fatal one happened in 1908 in the straits of Messina, which separate the mainland from the island of Sicily. It registered 7.5 on the Richter scale, and along with the resulting tsunami (tidal wave), estimates are that approximately 200,000 people lost their lives. There are also many active volcanoes in Italy, the most active one being Mount Etna (Sicily). The most famous one being Vesuvius (still active) which destroyed the Roman towns of Pompeii and Herculaneum in 79 A.D.

    Haitian Relief
    There is an old Italian saying that says "tutto il mondo e' un paese", which translates to "the world is a country". It is supposed to mean that despite all our differences in culture, language, skin color, or whatever, we really are all brothers and sisters when you get down to it.

    That is never more apparent when we see all the suffering in Haiti as a result of this week's earthquake which measured 7.0 on the Richter scale. Current estimates place the fatalaties at 50,000. The images coming across the television are truly awful and heart-wrenching. Unfortunately, it often takes a tragedy of this magnitude to pull people together and help out our brothers and sisters.

    Haiti is in need of much supplies and humanitarian relief. I've listed a couple of links that you can use to help out monetarily if you are so inclined: the Red Cross | Unicef.org - there are of course many other wonderful organizations that are providing relief. Please do not click on any links that you may receive through email, as many low-life spammers try to take advantage of people's generosity by having you click on a scam. The U.S. State Department has also set up a toll-free number that you can use if you are trying to find out about the status of a loved one in Haiti. That number is 1-888-407-4747.

    God Bless

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    Cuccia or Cuccidata, Sicilian famine of 1582
    posted Friday, January 8, 2010 |

    Legend has it that during the great Sicilian famine of 1582, a large group went to the church to pray to 'Santa Lucia' for an end to the famine. While they prayed, a ship came into the Syracuse (Siracusa, Sicily) harbor filled with wheat and they were saved. They were so famished that they did not process the wheat into flour. Instead, they boiled the unprocessed wheat berries, and called it Cuccia or Cuccidata.

    See picture of La Cuccia below - usually a little sugar, honey, or chocolate is added to give it flavor:

    cuccia,sicilian cuccia,sicilian famine

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    Epiphany celebrations in Italy
    posted Saturday, January 2, 2010 |

    One of the major events taking place in Italy near January 6th is the celebration regarding the Epiphany. The Epiphany is a celebration of the 12th day of Christmas where the Three Wise Men brought gifts to baby Jesus in the manger. This tradition is also tied in to the tradition of La Befana...Read more, including the major Epiphany celebrations in Italy

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