Heritage

The Floating Nativity of Battaglia Terme

December 2014 |
Battaglia Terme these days is an unremarkable, faded spa town on the fringes of the Euganean Hills in the Veneto, south of Padua. It had its early origins in the 12th and 13th centuries, first coming to prominence when its canal was constructed to...

An Immigrant's Special Love Story

October 2014 |
Francesco and Giuseppina (Josephine) Catena left Ramacca, Sicily (Prov. Catania) and came to America on April 6, 1966. Their story began as neighbors in Ramacca where her parents, John Sabatino and Francesca, owned an Italian deli. John and...

Celebrating Heritage in Washington, D.C. this October

October 2014 |
The National Italian American Foundation is celebrating its 39th anniversary in our nation's capital during Italian American Heritage month this October. This is the final year we will host our internationally famous gala weekend at the Washington...

West Side Good Friday Tradition

April 2014 |
When one hears the word "procession" what comes to mind? For some it is as the Dictionary explains: the act of moving along or proceeding in orderly succession or in a formal and ceremonious manner, as a line of people, animals, vehicles. In the...

The Christmas Season in Italy

December 2013 |
From the Feast of St. Nicholas on December 6 to Epiphany on January 6, Italians have found many ways to honor the birth of Christ beyond the calendar day of December 25. Activities based on the importance of saints, customs, and traditions vary...

Starting Your Family History Project

October 2013 |
Have you ever thought about organizing your family history so it is preserved and can be passed on to future generations? Or, creating a family tree to see all of your relatives and how you are all linked? This is genealogy. The search for, and...

Genealogy "Gold Mining": Bring your Family Tree to Life

March 2013 |
A friend who had recently lost a close relative posted on his Facebook page last month how sad it was that he would never be able to know personal details about his ancestors' lives, like: what they looked like, how they really lived, etc. (In his...

Italian students tell the story of Italy's elderly

January 2013 |
Italy is a country that is aging quickly, considering that over the past decade the amount of elderly has increased, as well as the "very old," (over eighty), who constitute about 6% of the Italian population. Life expectancy has also increased; in...

A not so big, fat Italian wedding

January 2013 |
"The Parthenon backdrop is optional..." who doesn't remember that hilarious line from the classic movie "My Big, Fat, Greek Wedding." Adding old world wedding traditions to your modern day wedding is a wonderful way to honor your ancestors. However...
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