Let's celebrate

Flavia Paterna, Sofia Paolini. From Liceo Bruno Touschek

Secon Day of Christmas


Boxing Day is a holiday traditionally celebrated the weekday or Saturday following Christmas Day, when servants and tradesmen would receive gifts, known as a "Christmas box", from their masters, employers or customers, in the United Kingdom, The Bahamas, Barbados, Canada, Hong Kong, Australia, Bermuda, New Zealand, Kenya, South Africa, Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica and other former British colonies. Today, Boxing Day is the bank holiday or public holiday that generally takes place on 26 or 27 December.

Carnival of Venice


Its origins are ancient, which speaks of public entertainment and in which the word Carnival is mentioned for the first time citizens wearing masks and costumes , you can totally hide their identity and thus clears all forms of personal belonging to social class , gender, religion . Everyone can determine attitudes and behaviors according to new customs and the changed appearance . For this reason , the greeting that sounded constantly in the act of crossing a new " character " Good morning lady was simply mask. On the Carnival activities and affairs of the Venetians passed into the background , and they conceded much of their time to celebrate , jokes , entertainment and events that were set up throughout the city , especially in Piazza San Marco , along the Riva degli Schiavoni and in all major areas of Venice.

Palio of Siena

The Palio is the life of the people of Siena in time and in different aspects and feelings. It has ancient origins with some regulations still valid since 1644, when it was over the first prize with horses

The territory of the city is divided into seventeen contrade with the borders established in 1729 by the Notice of Violante of Bavaria, Governor of the City.

Each Contrada is like a small state, ruled by a Seggio headed by Prior and guided in the "carousel" by a Captain, assisted by two or three Contrada called "Mangini".

Has, within its territory, a Church with adjoining the headquarters where it is guarded all his heritage: relics of victories hangings, costumes of appearance - those in use and many of ancient date - flags, store and everything else concerning life Contrada of the same.

Night of San John

The evening of 23 June, Saint John's Eve, is the eve of celebration before the Feast Day of Saint John the Baptist. The Gospel of Luke states that John was born about six months before Jesus; therefore, the feast of John the Baptist was fixed on 24 June, six months before Christmas Eve. This feast day is one of the very few saints' days which commemorates the anniversary of the birth, rather than the death, of the saint being honored.