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PAGE 4 POST-GAZETI'E, MARCH 11, 2016 L'Anno Bello: A Year in Italian Folklore I St. Patrick and St. Joseph: Two Joyous Feasts of Spring by Ally Di Censo Symynkywicz pots of gold. St. Patrick'sin his mountainous hometown Day is an especially of Sulmona. St. Joseph's Day by$al Giarratani meaningful holiday in functions as a holiday honoring Ah, spring! I can feel the blossoming of Mother Earth all around me whenever I step out the door. The arrival of the new season is present in the gurgling sound of melting snow dripp~g down the drain. It is in the fl~sh of red feathers I saw as a ~obin danced among the bare branches of my backyard tree. I~ is in the sparkling green shamrocks and pastel-hued Easter eggs adorning doors and shops. Yes, as the weather vacillates between cold and somewhat balmy, I find myself bouncing with an undeniable case of spring fever. After win- ter, the call of spring resounds so profoundly, awakening not just the vegetation of the Earth but also the energy and good humor of all living beings. A time of such joy calls for a celebra- tion. Fortunately, this upcom- ing week sports two separate spring holidays that instill in us the beauty of the season. March 174 is St. Patrick's Day, a feast of green. Two days later comes St. Joseph's Day, a tra- ditional Italian celebration hon- oring one of the country's most beloved saints. Collectively, these holidays usher us into spring with appropriate fanfare and festivities. St. Patrick's Day is one of those holidays that I eagerly look forward to every year. It serves as a sort of seasonal marker for me, an undeniable herald of spring. Of course, it is easy to find signs of spring all over St. Patrick's Day decora- tions, from the plentiful sham- rocks to rainbows arching over f our hometown of Boston, due to the city's strong Irish-American heritage and its love of festivities. As with most holidays at my home, St. Patrick's Day involves much food. I always bake an Irish soda bread studded with plump raisins and sharp caraway seeds, and in the past I have also made macaroni with Dubliner cheese and stout, and a spring mix salad laden with beets, goat cheese, and caramelized pecans. My father-in-law, mean- while, makes a tradi- tional boiled dinner with potatoes, carrots and parsnips. These sea- sonal foods remind me to live in the moment, cherishing the treasures of the Earth as they become available. However, St. Patrick's Day is more than just a chance to indulge in deli- cious food. This feast honors St. Patrick, or San Patrizio in Italian, a Roman-British man who was brought to Ireland as a slave. A popular legend about St. Patrick says that he used a shamrock to teach people about the Holy Trinity, thus marking this little spring plant as one of the most unforgettable symbols of the holiday. St. Patrick's Day reminds me of spring days when the trees look especially lush and green after a sud- den shower, and an ephemeral rainbow graces the sky. It is a holiday of spring, and that is why it will forever be celebrated with much love. On March 19th, another spring holiday approaches, one that is very dear to my family. It is St. Joseph's Day, or il Giomo di San Giuseppe in Italian. My father fondly remembered windy St. Joseph's celebrations Boston Harborside Home Joseph A. Langone 580 Commercial St. - Boston, MA 02109 617-536-4110 Augustave M. Sabia, Jr. Trevor Slauenwhite Frederick J. Wobrock Dino C. Manca Courtney A. Fitzgibbons A Service Family Affiliate of AFFS/Service Corporation International 206 Winter St., Fall River, MA 02720 Telephone 508-676-2454 J fathers in Italy, as its focus is on the role of San Giuseppe as the spouse of the Virgin Mary and the stepfather, of Jesus. In Sicily and other areas of Italy, including some Italian-Ameri- can communities, people build altars dedicated to St. Joseph brimming with bread, candles and fava beans.., a spring crop that, during the Middle Ages, saved the inhabitants of Sicily from a famine after they prayed to St. Joseph for help. Another lovely Italian custom involves doing charitable actions on St. Joseph's Day, a sentiment that should carry over through- out the year. For my father, St. Joseph's Day meant scour- ing the forest with his friends, looking for firewood to build il fal6 di San Giuseppe, a big bonfire held on the eve of the feast. With its bright and warm light, these bonfires symbolize the sun and the transition from winter to spring. Sometimes, an effigy representing win- ter is thrown into the bonfire to symbolically make a fresh start for the new season. Of course, St. Joseph's Day in Italy would be incomplete without zeppole, or fried puffy donuts strongly associated with the holiday. My father loved his zeppole sweet and filled with cream, like the ones he used to buy from quaint pastry shops in the North End. My grandmother, on the other hand, makes savory zeppole with potato. In either case, these delec- table treats remind me of a holiday that makes me proud of my heritage and excited for spring. With two charming spring holidays soon approaching, we have much to be excited about. Spring is more than just a new season; it is a manifestation of hope, love and anticipation of the future. The greenery of St. Patrick's Day and the colorful bonfires of St. Joseph's Day remind us of the joy of this season, and the rejuvenating qualities of the rebirth of na- ture. Whether we observe buds peeking out of the trees, hear the birdsong of early morning, or celebrate with Irish soda bread or zeppole, there are plenty of ways to welcome the beauty of spring into our lives. What is important is that we do so with optimism and love, always looking forward. Then we ~ find that springtime, and all of its pleasures, is the best pot of gold there is. Ally Di Censo Symynkywicz is a Graduate Student in History at the University of Massachu- setts Boston. She appreciates any comments and suggestions about Italian holidays and folk- lore at The End of Democracy and the American Revolution "The end of democracy and the defeat of the American revolu- tion will occur when government falls into the hands of the lending institutions and moneyed incorporations." -- Thomas Jefferson I heard the above quote re- support the concept. Meanwhile, cently on WJIB in between all billionaire Donald Trump keeps the great music the other day. promising to make America I considered it food for thought, great again, and promises us The older I get, the madder I get how beautiful everything Hill be with the way our government when he enters the Oval Office. operates on our behalf. When His fans support him without this nation was created, it was question as to how to do what intended to be a grand experi- he promises. : ment in self-rule. Unlike nations For both the right and left, the in existence, America was to be a center is no longer holding. Ev- bottom-up democratic republic, eryone is reaching for the edges The people were the rulers and and hoping for the best. the rulers were their servants. The Republican establish- Today, the United States of ment feels threatened, which is America has become the Brit- why they have started dropping aln that King George Ill reigned nukes on Trump. This is also over. why the entire Democratic es- Our Constitution has been tablishment is circling around attacked and compromised, HilIary Clinton. our Bill of Rights endangered. The Democrats at least have Too many citizens think it is a an establishment candidate in good idea to give up some of our Clinton. The Republicans estab- liberty for allegedly increased lishment doesn't have a Clinton security, of its own. In New York City, the City On Primary Day, I felt the Bern Council is mulling the idea to as a Reagan Democrat. I can't extend voting rights to all resi- take Hillary. If I wake up and dents whether or not they are I'm faced with either Hillary citizens, and whether or not Clinton or Donald Trump, I hope they are legal immigrants. In it is only a dream. I would have the American government, the little choice but to go with The people as citizens are the gov- Donald and then hope to God as ernment. Our elected leaders little damage as possible is done. work for us and not the other The Political Establishment way around, will be held accountable. They Shouldn't our elected offi- planted the seeds that grew the cials everywhere know Govern- frustration. We the people had ment 101 stuff?. Didn't Thomas little choice. Remember, either Jefferson himself believe that we run government or it runs every so often a revolution is us. The 2016 uprising of the good for the nation? peasants seems inevitable. Thinking about this, isn't this It will be up to us, all of us, to how both Donald Trump and take our government back and Bernie Sanders have gained so force candidates to campaign much political traction? Most to the middle rather than the people no longer see their gov- edges. Our job is to safeguard ernment working for them or our national constitution from their best interests, the politically correct friends. Democrat Socialist Bernie Our job Hill be to limit the scope Sanders is promising everyone of our government, and to re- free stuff. Nobody questions member how America was born how it is to be done, they just over 240 years ago. As Abraham Lincoln is re- ported to have said, "You can LEGAL NOTICE fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can not fool all of the people all of the time." First thing you have to do is keep informed, then register to vote and most importantly vote. 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