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Page 4 POST-GAZETrE, MARCH 27, 2015 * L'Anno BeUo (Continued from Page 1) or Venerdi Santo, the somber commemoration of Jesus' Crucifixion. In Italy, black- robed processions set the re- flective and sad tone of the holiday. When the proces- sions focus on the Virgin Mary, they are known as the Addolorata, a name which refers to Mary's grief and pain. Holy Week, therefore, encompasses both triumph and tragedy, laying the groundwork for the unbridled joy that characterizes Easter. Holy Week has always meant Easter preparations in my family as well; with a sharp focus on honoring the Italian customs of our an- cestors. My parents would set apart a day, usually Holy Saturday, for decorating eggs with my brother and me. Eggs are an ancient Easter symbolism due to their sym- bolism of rebirth: though they appear cold and hard on the outside, they contain new life inside. I always picked egg dyes in bright col- ors or glittery hues to mimic the brilliantly pastel flowers growing around my home. In Italy, Easter eggs are quite sweet as well. In the days before Easter, my father would always buy a gigantic shiny-packaged chocolate uovo di Pasqua {literally, "Easter egg") from a specialty shop in the North End. We would wait until Easter to ceremonially break open the egg and find the treats con- tained within, usually can- dies. Since an Italian super- stition decrees that every- one must wear at least one new piece of clothing of Eas- ter -- again, echoing the themes of rebirth and re- newal -- Holy Week also meant shopping with my mother for the perfect new Easter outfit. As a little girl, I picked the most flowery dresses imaginable as a way to celebrate spring. Though I now eschew the frilly dresses of my childhood, I still choose my new Easter clothes in pastel colors or flowered patterns to reflect the season. Finally, my mother and I spen.d Holy Week planning the menu for our Easter feast. On Holy Saturday, I make my tradi- tional ricotta pie to be served the next day. Therefore, I associate Holy Week with unbridled enthusiasm for the holiday to come. The cus- toms of my past and the tra- ditions I still honor today have instilled in me a deep appreciation for the blos- soming new season, the spiritual significance of Eas- ter, and my heritage. Holy Week is a complex and multifaceted period of the year. It honors the springtime and the renais- sance of nature that is oc- curring all around us, from the flowers which slowly reach their way towards the sun to the bunnies and rob- ins that dot our lawns. It of- fers us an opportunity to revel in the warm weather of spring and to seek solace in the spiritual traditions of the pre-Easter season. In Italy, people honor the springtime and the arrival of Easter by engaging in sym- bolic activities like collect-- ing olive branches, cleaning their homes, and decorating eggs. No matter how we chose to celebrate, we should do so in a way that gives gratitude to nature and the cycle of the year by pav- ing the way to the supreme holiday of joy and rebirth, Holy Week reminds us that as long as we live in accor- dance with nature and honor our past, we will find a true spring of strength and comfort inside us. Ally Di Censo Symynkywicz is a Graduate Student in History at the University of Massachusetts Boston. She appreciates any comments and suggestions about Italian holidays and folklore at It Will Be "Fast And Furious" at the 41 st Annual Town Fair Tire World of Wheels Show Friday, March 27 ~,~oJ through Sunday, March 29, 2015 Seaport World Trade Center in Boston Championship Auto Shows, Inc. is known for presenting iconic custom vehicles from televi- sion and film at its Autorama, World of Wheels, and Cavalcade of Customs events. This year, CASI is pulling out all the stops to showcase vehicles from one of Hollywood's most popular film series. "Furious 7," the newest film in the series, is set to release to the public, Friday, April 3, 2015. The Fast and the Furious action films have earned a worldwide box office of $2.3 billion to date, making them Universal Studio's most lu- crative franchise of all time. The popularity of the films is due, in large part, to the street racing and automo- tive action sequences. Now fans of the franchise can get a close up look at several cars used in the films at this year's Town Fair Tire World of Wheels Show. Included in The Fast and the Furious Collection are the green 1995 Mitsubishi Eclipse and white 1995 Volkswagen Jetta from the first movie (The Fast and the Furious), the 1970 Chevy Chevelle SS and 1970 Dodge Charger from the fourth movie (Fast and Furious), the 2008 Dodge Challenger from the sixth movie (Fast & Furious 6). The 1995 Mitsubishi Eclipse sports custom green paint, SE7EN 18 inch alumi nuw wheels by A~:is Spor-t Tuning, Inc. with Toyo Tires, Sparco racing seats, 2-Liter 4-cylinder engine, a Robo Car Aero Armor Eclipse Body Kit and an ARP two- level GT2 style wing. In the film, the Eclipse is owned by character "Brian Earl Spilner," who is also known as "Brian O'Conner" (Paul Walker). After the first film, the Eclipse was repainted blue and used in 2 Fast 2 Fu- rious in the scene where O'Conner learns to drive. It was repainted in its orginal green paint scheme at completion of filming. Known as the "Bullet Car" or "Jesse's Jetta," the 1995 Jetta's most distinctive fea- tures are the custom body kit, a 4-cylinder engine with 5-speed transmission, 18- inch Konig custom wheels, WingsWest rear spoiler and 19 realistic-looking painted bullet holes. The' bullet holes illustrate the Jetta and "Jesse" (Chad Lindberg) be- ing sprayed by bulle{s in a drive-by shooting in the film. The primer painted 1970 Chevelle SS from the fourth installment boasts a Small Block GMPP 350 crate engine with aluminum headers, Edelbrock intake, Jaz fuel cell, Beard "racing seats, Koya 17-inch custom racing wheels, AutoMeter gauges, Wiiwood rotors and brakes, Hotehkis sway bar suspen- sion and a full roll cage. The Chevelle was used in filming of the "race for the job" scene and as- sociated with character "Dominic Toretto" (Vin Diesel). The fiat black 1970 Dodge Charger is an- other "Dominic Toretto" (Vin Diesel) vehicle from Fast & Furious and Fast 5. While the magic of Hollywood led people to believe that the Charger was powered by a blown Hemi engine, it is actually equipped with a Chevy 350 with an at- tached faux blower. This Charger was used for close- up purposes with the actors. Yet another "Dominic Toretto" ride, the 2008 Dodge Challenger SRT8-391 .can be seen in chase scenes at the end of FastFive and the be- ginning of Fast & ~rious 6. The Challenger is powered by a first edition 6.1 Liter Hemi engine, and is fitted with a wide-body kit from Classic Design Concepts that adds six inches of width. It also has custom rims, a stock interior and a patched- in faux shaker hood. You can have your own Fast & Furious experience at the upcoming Town Fair Tire Show in Boston at the Seaport World Trade Center. Along with the Fast & ~_rious cars, you can see hundreds of locally customized ve- hicles, magazine feature cars, sports stars, celebrities and top competitors from the Summit Racing Equipment Show Car Series, which is sanctioned by the Interna- tional Show Car Association. For more information, call (248) 373-1700, or visit w rv w. worldofw heels, com. by Sal Giarratani Traveling to Work One Morning Well, let's see, we turned the clocks ahead a few weeks back. Last week on Friday, we entered the spring season, but as I drive along on my way somewhere important, I still see so much snow. It looks like mushy oatmeal. It is shrink- ing, but not nearly fast enough for any of us. As I listened to the forecast on my radio, I heard snow was coming. Maybe a coat- ing up to an inch. We are already at 108.6 in this win- ter that won't die. Perhaps we will inch ourselves up a bit more before Old Man Winter drops dead. Oh, I nearly forgot. While traveling through a heavily congested intersection last Friday around 6:15 am, I almost took out a jogger who was running in the middle of traffic dressed all in black. A second later, a guy on a bike came rolling by, also in black on a black bike. These people all must love to wear black after all it is the mourning, oops the morning color de jour, right? I usually drop by Joe's place early in the morning to get my jolt of caffeine to begin my day. The place is called the Elite and I am a regular elitist there. Paula behind the counter however, doesn't think we're elite because she's always yelling at the customers. Joe stands near her and doesn't hear a thing. On this particular morn- ing, I was listening to Jeff Kuhner on the radio to find out all t-he news the Globe apparently forgets to print. If it wasn't for conservative talk radio, I wouldn't know that this week over at Starbucks they have started a "Race Together" cam- paign. If I order my usual vanilla latte with skim milk and whipped cream, I may be forced into a debate with a 23-year-old behind the counter trying to engage me in a debate on race. Oh, I always go to Starbucks to debate race. What is this world coming too? I love Starbucks even though I know it's liberal brew. I like it, but not the debate idea. At this point in my life debating someone behind the counter doesn't appeal to me. It doesn't make me a racists. It makes me a thirsty coffee drinker. It would be one thing ff I got a free cup of coffee if forced to debate, but I won't pay to waste my time. Just make my coffee and keep your ser- mons for someone who cares what you think. Hey, while I am on a roll, let me tell you what I think about Jeb Bush. He remains in single digits in the polls because no one wants a "Bush Three" in the White House. We are all Bushed from this family and that goes for the Clinton Dynasty too. Who's ready for Hillary after Email-Gate and what gives with still being on the paid lecture tour? She must really believe her own hype about being poor. The more I think about politics today, I-think rather than mandatory voting as Obama seems to like, we should be paid to vote. At least as a white, male, rather conservative member of the actual working-class, I might actually profit from my vote. Here's one baby boomer that has turned into his par- ents when it comes to poli- ticians, their promises and their lies. sending a for Since 1969 FOR ALL YOUR INSURANCE NEEDS RICHARD SETTIPANE Public Insurance Adjuster Experience makes the difference! 209 BROADWAY, REVERE, MA 02151 Tel. 781.284.1100 Fax 781.284.2200 Boston 617.523.3456 Free Parking Adjacent to Building