I don’t know about you but I like odd holidays, like today’s Tooth Fairy Day, which is celebrated on both February 28 and August 22. Although here in Italy, we’d have to call it Tooth Topolino Day, in honor of Italy’s very own tooth mouse!
What better way to wind up the hottest part of summer than with a Ferragosto post, right? Yet I can hear you asking, “Ferragosto? What in the world is it?” Well, it literally means “August vacation or holiday” And it’s the day (on August 15) officially celebrating the summer vacation from work.
“Toc, toc, toc.” Wiping my hands on my apron, I went to the door wondering who would visit so close to lunch. “Buon giorno,” I greeted the unexpected visitor hesitantly. “Can I help you?” not really knowing what to say or do. I’d never been visited by a priest before! “Well, I’m here for the house blessing,” he informed me. “The blessing?” I asked stupidly. (Surely looking as dumb as I felt.)
April Fools’ Day in Italy is called Pesce d’Aprile, or April Fool Fish. It literally translates as April’s Fish, and stems from a school children’s custom of sticking a paper fish on the back of a school mate. As he or she is the only one who doesn’t know about the fish, that person then becomes the April Fish, or fool.
We mostly ditched Christmas a few years ago. Not out of Scroogish tendencies, but because of the increasing materialism. Each year it became harder for us to find true meaning and spirituality among all the commercial trappings. So for several years we did little during the holidays.
So, just how do you celebrate Mother’s Day Italian style? Well, no where in the world, perhaps, are mothers celebrated as much as in Italy. In fact, Mother’s Day seems almost made for the Italian mamma!