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maq.HlUlilUhl,,il,h,lh,,ql,hqhl,lhllh,l,,,,,,,! ~'* ......... MIXED ADC 070Q0 18 ~MALL TOWN PAPERS- iNC. PAUL JEFFKO THE ITALIAN-AMERICAN VOICE OF MASSACHUSETTS m (Formerly LA GAZZETTA del MASSACHUSETTS) VOL. 119 - NO. 4 BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS, MARCH 27, 2015 $.35 A COPY MAI IS THE ONE WHO COMES IN THE NAME OF THE LORD. !:9 L'Anno Bello: A Year in Italian Folklore The Traditions of Holy Week by Ally Di Censo Symynkywicz After a long winter where snow piled high around my house like an excess of pow- dered sugar, my thoughts have been focusing on the premiere spring holiday, Easter. Signs of Easter pop up regularly now, as surely as spring crocuses peeking out from the damp earth. Marshmallow Peeps line store shelves in brightly hued shades of pink and blue. Dyed eggs boast intri- cate designs or glittery sheens. Throughout the mall, the costumed Easter bunny takes pictures with fancily dressed children. However, as excited as I am for Easter, the week preced- ing the holiday features its own unique traditions and customs. It is Holy Week, in Italy, Holy Week bears ' the name La S.etTtmanaSanta ancP-arrtvcs with great fad'- fare to the country. Italian Holy Week traditions em- phasize folk customs cel- ebrating spring while also paying special attention to the complex spirituality of the period. From palms to eggs, Holy Week in Italy and elsewhere introduces Easter with the love and dedication it requires, Holy Week begins on March 29th this year, which is Palm Sunday. Palm Sun- day honors the entry of Jesus into Jerusalem, when ador- ing crowds greeted His pro- cession by waving palm branches in the air. In addi- tion to its religious signifi- cance, Palm Sunday also re- mains deeply in tune with the rhythms of spring, as its symbolism proves compat- ible with the time of the year when trees and branches start to bloom. Growing up in the Abruzzi region of Italy, my father would spend the morning of Palm Sunday, or Domenica delle Palme, col- lecting olive branches that grew abundantly in the mountains and fields sur- rounding his home. These were the same forests of dappled sunlight and an- cient orchards where par- ents whispered tales of sprites and elves hiding among the trees. He and his friends would then bring the branches to church, where they would be blessed by the priest. This simple ritual encapsulates all the joys of spring, from outdoor excur- sions with the community to the strong connection be- tween the rebirth of nature and spiritual reawakening. Throughout Holy Week, Ital- ians also spring-clean their homes in preparation for the fresh start that Easter offers and the period of visiting which follows. Holy Week culminates on Good Friday, (Continued on Page 4) by Sal Giarratani Mandatory Voting In America? Last week President Obama showed up at The City Club of Cleveland speaking to the folks there. He seemed to laud very much the idea of manda- tory voting. He said if people were forced to the polls it would be a transformative strategy taking power away from the power elites -- Big Business, Wall Street and bring power to the people. When I heard the word "transformative" I thought he meant he wanted robots to vote, but then again what is the difference between low information Democratic voters and robots. Methinks, it is about making sure the Demo- cratic Party never loses another federal election. He doesn't need any stinkin' Republicans wast- ing his time. His pen and cell phone are working just fine, aren't they? Speaking Of Republicans Why have the Republicans tossed away all their tools necessary to be a co-equal branch of our defiaocratic republic under our U.S. Constitution. The GOP controlled Senate is just as useless as Republicans were in a Democratic lead U.S. Senate and Harry Reid. A favorite radio host of mine Mark Levin is right. It is time for Mitch McConnell and the GOP to vote out the filibuster now. Getting Outfront? While driving home to East Boston on the Southeast Expressway, I passed a billboard near (Continued on Page 13) Mayor Walsh Announces April 15th ml Mayor Martin J. Walsh an- nounced "One Boston Day," a new tradition to honor the resiliency, generosity and strength of the City of Bos- ton on April 15. The day Will be an opportunity to recog- nize the good in our commu- nity and reflect on the spirit of grace and resilience of the people of Boston that was ex- emplified in the response to the loss and the tragedies of April 15, 2013. The new tra- dition will put a mark on a day honoring the strength of our city, its people and their acts of goodness toward one another. The Mayor made the announcement with John Hancock at the unveiling of the 2015 Boston Marathon street banners at Marathon Sports on Boylston Street. "One Boston Day will in- spire all of us to come to- gether as the community we are and share the spirit of Boston by giving back," said Mayor Walsh. "April 15 is a date that has come to stand for our city's deepest values. I hope everyone can mark this day in a way that is ap- propriate and inclusive for each of our experiences." "One Boston Day" will en- courage random acts of kind- ness and spreading goodwill, and activities across the City will encourage individuals to give back to their commu- nity. The new tradition came together in compilation with the desire expressed by many survivors to pass on the kind- ness, generosity and support they received following the 2013 Boston Marathon. On the morning of April 15, the Mayor will assist in rais- ing honorary banners on Boylston Street to honor the victims and survivors of April 15, 2013. The Mayor will then visit multiple commu- nity sites throughoutBoston's neighborhoods marking "One Boston Day." THE POST-GAZETTE SATELLITE OFFICE IS NOW OPEN AT 35 BENNINGTON STREET, EAST BOSTON This office is open on Tuesdays from 10:00 AM to 3."00 PM and Thursdays from II. X) AM to ZOO PM, for the convenience of our East Boston and North Shore clients and contributors Call 617-227-892? for more information