Happy Feast of the Assumption

435-happy-feast-of-the-assumptionThe most awaited summer holiday by Catholic folks is the Feast of the Assumption. It has origins that date back to Ancient Rome and after that it was incorporated in the Catholic traditions.

The name of Ferragosto comes from the Latin feriae Augusti (Augustus’ rest, literally translated) in the name of the first Roman Emperor – Caesar Augustus, who gave the name to the month of August. That period was instituted as the month of feasts by the Emperor himself in the 18th century Before Christ. That nth holiday in question comes, actually, from the traditions connected with i Consualia (Consuales Ludi). These were the celebrations that marked the end of the agricultural and harvest activities and were dedicated to Consus (the Roman God of harvest and fertility). Continue reading

The City of Hermes

The Island of Syros is a relatively small Cycladic Island  in the Aegean Sea which is only 78 nautical miles far away from Athens. After the fall of the Western Roman Empire, it became part of the Byzantine Empire till 1204 when it was conquered by the Venetian Republic. It was included into the Ottoman Republic in the 16th century. The island entered the newly liberated country after the War of Independence of 1821. Since then it’s been part of Hellas. Continue reading

Io prendo te, tu prendi me (The Declaration of Consent)

I have no experience with marriage (simply because I am against it) but I have watched a great number of films and I have also attended lots of marriage ceremonies when the plot goes like this … “Will you have one another to be a husband and wife; to live together in the covenant of marriage? Will you love each other, comfort and support, honor and keep one another, in sickness and in health; and forsaking all others, be faithful as long as you both shall live?” …  And then the answers are always (almost always 😉 ) “I will”.

This Declaration of Consent is always proven by wedding and engagement rings, a visible symbol of  spouses’ devotion, love and spiritual union till the end of their life, on the fourth finger of the left hand where vena amoris is. And do you know how Sardinian faith is declared? Well, in the same way but their faith is called fedesarda and there is a nice legend related to the island’s mythology. Continue reading

Never Beg … Be Yourself … Be Surrounded by the Right People

430-never-beg-be-yourself-be-surrounded-by-the-right-peopleThe more one grows the wiser they become. Their perceptions change and people see the world from a different angle. But in order to get all these reflections, one has a long way to pass and a lot of lessons to learn. And here are several lessons which might be of help to you to walk the long way of life more quickly.

Never beg”: Never beg anyone to remain in your life. People come and people go, and only your family and true friends are always part of it. The rest might leave it immediately if your texts, calls and visits get ignored. Continue reading

Don’t Make Me Angry

427-dont-make-me-angryThe third “element” that constitutes Italy and that characterizes it is its people – the Italians. For me these are the most open-minded, the warmest, the most loving and the most affectionate people ever. They fall in love easily and when they love, l’amore (love) is true and forever. They are too passionate and are always dedicated to the ladies of their hearts. Continue reading

The Prince With the White Donkey

425-the-prince-of-the-white-donkeyOnce upon a time, in a kingdom far, far away there was a prince with a white donkey who worked as a cashier in the Fantastico Castle because of the crisis. One day, at lunch time he was turning the pages of an on-line book of fairy-tales and of job offers when he stumbled upon a very beautiful and intelligent princess who spoke three languages plus her mother tongue. They got in touch and began spending time together firstly in that book for jobseekers and for seekers of opportunities and then they continued their chats in the other book with the blue logo.

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