Notte della Taranta 🕷️ Night of the Tarantula

The Night of the Tarantula (La Notte della Taranta) is a music festival that takes place every year in Salento, Apulia, (Italy),and one of the most significant manifestations on popular culture in Europe.Since its beginnings in 1998, the event, which celebrates the importance of the folk music tradition of Tarantella and Pizzica, has grown exponentially… Read More Notte della Taranta 🕷️ Night of the Tarantula

G. K. Chesterton 

G.K. Chesterton (Gilbert Keith) was an English author and lay theologian, born on 29 May 1874, who created the fictional priest-detective Father Brown.He loved turning ideas inside out, for this reason he has often been referred to as the ‘Prince of Paradox’The following poem, “Donkey”, was written in 1927, a few years after his conversion… Read More G. K. Chesterton 


Today is the last day of Carnival, or at least it is in most of Italy …. but not in my area where it will go on until next Saturday, so our Lent will be a little shorter.In the Christian religion, Lent is the 40-day period before Easter, commemorating the 40 days Jesus spent fasting… Read More Carnival

First Footer

Hogmanay, the Scots word for the last day of the year, is a celebration that is sometimes considered even more important than Christmas in Scotland, and it is followed by further celebration on the morning of New Year’s Day and, in some cases, on 2 January, which is a bank holiday in Scotland.In the rest… Read More First Footer

“How the Grinch Stole Christmas!”🎄

“How the Grinch Stole Christmas!”  (1957) is a children’s story by Theodor “Dr. Seuss” Geisel written in rhymed verse with illustrations by the author. The book criticizes the commercialization of Christmas, and has been adapted into a variety of media, including stage and film (an animated TV film, a live-action feature film starring Jim Carrey,… Read More “How the Grinch Stole Christmas!”🎄

RIGA: Ligo Feast

RIGA: THE FEAST OF ST. JOHN From ancient times the Balts celebrated the night of the summer solstice, the shortest night in the year, by making sacrifices to pagan gods while priestesses fed the altar fire. When their counties were ‘Christianised’ , their pagan heritage persisted and this festival, Ligo, also called the night of St. John,… Read More RIGA: Ligo Feast