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' ' r' Page 2 POST-GAZETTE, AUGUST 22, 2014 by Prof. Edmund Nostra Turiello A weekly column highlighting some of the more interesting aspects of our ancestry.., our lineage.., our roots. SATURN Our journey into mythol- ogy has now covered its ori- gin and the Primeval Beings. These Beings represented darkness, earth, day, night, atmosphere, the heavens and Hades. We also noted that the "Titans" who fol- lowed, were giant deities, forerunners of the mytho- logical gods. Cronus, the leader of the Titans, used a great sickle of stone to cas- trate Uranus (heaven), and from his blood sprang up the three avenging deities that became known as the Eumenidies. Their function was to pursue or hound any- one who was guilty of shed- ding a kinsman's blood. Before continuing with the Greek Titans, I feel obliged to mention some interesting facts about Sat- urn (not Satan), the Roman counterpart to Cronus. Sat- urn was also the Roman god of agriculture and of the sow- ing of the seed. The remains of his temple still overlook the rostrum in the Roman Forum. It was here, under the protection of Saturn that the Romans kept the flags of their legions, the public treasury, and the bronze tablets containing the en- graved decrees of the Roman Senate. A great festival .in Saturn's honor was celebrated each year, starting on December 17th, just after the harvest was completed. The affair was called the "Saturnalia," origi- nally a one-day festival which grew to six or seven days. Many historians consider it to have been the prototype for our American Thanks- giving Day, Christmas Sea- son, the Mardi Gras and the typical Italian Carnevale, all rolled up into one great big bash. It became a period of joy and good will, many ban- quets were held, people vis- ited friends and exchanged gifts. Slaves were allowed tem- porary lilberty to do as they liked, granted freedom of speech, and were permitted to treat their masters as social equals. Normally, the Saturnalia in old Rome was one of relaxation and merriment. No business was conducted, no punishment was inflicted, and schools were closed. All classes of people exchanged gifts. The most common being little wax candles called "cerei" and clay dolls, called "sigillaria," which were given to the children. Garlands of ivy were worn by people who filled the streets shouting "Ho Saturnalia." Mirth and frolic were usually indulged in without any restraint. Every homeowner maintained "open house" and invited to his table, as many guests as he could find. Throughout the sea- son there was unrestrained eating, drinking, and an abundance of sweetmeats. Everywhere people greeted each other with "Bona Saturnalia." Remember it all started about 500 years before the birth of Jesus Christ. Buon Natale! NEXT WEEK: Saturnus C EMET E RY'!I C RE MATORY 500 Canterbury Street T]~g Respectful kg&y. Boston, MA 02131 617.524.1036 Serving the Italian Community www.stmichaelcemetery.com for Over 100 Years! 95th Annual Saint Anthony's Feast Set for Labor Day Weeekend Boston's Largest Italian Festival Celebrates its 95th Year with Events for the Family Friday, August 29- Monday, September 1:2Q14 Boston - Head down to the North End for the 95th annual Feast of Saint Anthony on Labor Day Weekend, August 29 - September i, on Endicott, Thacher, and North Margin Streets. Saint Anthony's Feast is one of the oldest and largest neighborhood celebrations in America. This authentic Italian festival is full of events for all ages, for the young and young at heart alike: colorful parades, authentic Italian festival food, strolling singers, the Filippo Berio Culinary Pavilion and olive oil tastings, Italian folk dancing, the Pizzeria Regina Open Air Piazza featur- ing Stella Artois, and children's activities throughout the weekend. St. Anthony and St. Lucy Societies have highlighted special attractions in this year's schedule: The Filippo Berio Culinary Pavilion Boston's best chefs, the teachers and stu- dents of New England Center for Arts & Technology; will be showcasing their "Cucina Italiana" live on the Filippo Berio Culinary Stage all weekend. Visit the Filippo Berio Marquee Tent throughout the weekend for delicious recipe suggestions, helpful hints, coupons and special tastings -- choose from Filippo Berio's olive oil varieties, each carefully crafted to inspire your next appetizer, snack, meal, or dessert. Dip freshly baked breads from Parziale Bakery, one of the North End's oldest and most famous bakeries and taste why for nearly 150 years Filippo Berio Olive Oil has been the essential ingredient when you want to add a little extra to any recipe. 15 Minutes of Fame MIX 104.1 and Fast Freddy present 15 minutes of Fame -- Contestants sing their hearts-out on the main stage at Saint Antony's Feast for the title and the chance to win great prizes. Regina Pizzeria Open Air Piazza Since 1926 this authentic award winning pizzeria has been dishing out pizza the old fashioned way -- with crispy crust, tangy tomato sauce and perfectly aged cheese -- Now you can enjoy the Regina Pizza experi- ence Al Fresco -- pull up a seat and enjoy an imported ice cold Stella Artois or a glass of Naked Grape wines at the Pizza Regina out- door seating area open only during Saint Anthony's Feast! Saint Anthony's Grand Procession The highlight of the weekend is the 10- hour Grand Procession of Saint Anthony beginning at 12:00 Noon on Sunday. The statue of Saint Anthony is borne on the shoulders of the members and devotees through the winding streets of the North End along with marching bands, drum & bugle corps, color guards, floats and hundreds of followers. The procession begins and ends with showers of confetti, streamers and balloons. Festa of Santa Lucia A full day of music, entertainment and parades are planned for Labor Day, Septem- ber Is~, when the ladies of the Saint Lucy Society of Boston celebrate the 93r Feast of Santa Lucia. The procession of Santa Lucia complete with marching bands, color guard and flower girls begins at 3:00 pm. Live entertainment and singers will perform all day and night,,with a special musical perfor- mance by Smokin' Joe and the Henchmen. singing the oldies you love beginning at 7:00 pm on the bandstand. Come on down to Endicott Street for an old fashioned neigh- borhood feast. (Continued on Page 11) September 4 October 2 A oston Water and Sewer Commission Communi Services Department representative wIU be in yOflr neighborhood at the place, dates; times listed bove. Our representative will be available to: Accept payments. (Check or money order only.no cash, please.) Process elderly or disabled persons discount forms. Arrange payment plans for delinquent accounts. Resolve billing or service complaints. Review water consumption data for your property. Explain BWSC customer programs. Need more information? Call the Community Services Department at 617-989-7000. Boston Water and Sewer Commission 980 Harrison Avenue Boston, MA 02119 www.bwsc.org