Our valleys' arms are so loving, that in some cases, people have a problem disentangling themselves - and simply decide not to! Dotted all around our territory are various businesses which were launched by outsiders who, totally disenchanted with the hassle and stress of city life, took the courage to dump it all and settle down here - and never regretted it.
When the bustle of carnival finally comes to an end, everything gets very quiet around here. Nevertheless, activity never stops since there are various options available to winter tourists too, because in the meanwhile, the snow has made its appearance, and ski enthusiasts are already having a ball!
So carnival came and went - from Fat Thursday to Fat - or Shrove - Tuesday, an endless amount of dancing, parading and eating took place, before Ash Wednesday finally set in and marked the start of Lent. But how about we take a look around Italy, and see how carnival is celebrated in other areas, because believe us - we are certainly not the only crazy ones!
There is already a buzz in the air, an atmosphere of expectation and imminent fun, while groups get together and start work, schools agree on a theme and begin planning, and creative people let loose - and when I say loose, I'm not kidding!! What am I talking about? Carnevale of course!
New Years Eve was celebrated with an explosion of dinners, dancing, and fireworks as in many other places, and for most of the party-goers, the 1st of January was a chance to sleep it all off and rest before getting back to the daily grind. And in Italy, daily grind it was, at least until the 6th of January, which is when everything comes to a halt once again for the "Epifania" - epiphany.
In the last article, we spoke about the tradition of Santa Lucia, but this is a custom you will find only in certain parts of northern Italy, Emilia included. That is because, depending on the historical influence recieved through the ages, every region has its own perculiarities; "posto che vai, usanze che trovi" is a popular saying in Italy, which means that wherever you go, you will find different habits.