Each year, on Easter weekend in Terrasini, Sicily, an ancient tradition dating back over 200 years ago is renewed: "La Festa degli Schietti" which celebrates all of the singles and unmarried of Terrasini; Also known as La Festa del’Albero” or The Feast of the Tree, its symbol and popular protagonist. Single men raise an orange tree decorated in traditional Sicilian garb and weighing over 100lbs . to demonstrate their strength to all the single ladies in town.
At dawn on Holy Saturday, in the citrus groves of Terrasini, the organizing committee of “Gli Schietti” begins the ritual of cutting the bitter orange tree, chosen in the months prior to the celebration. The tree is then decorated with colorful banners, and red handkerchiefs , "ciancianeddi", or the bells of the horses and "anieddi", little lambs made of marzipan.
In the early afternoon, the tree is loaded on a Sicilian cart andtriumphantly arrives in town, led by the carpenter who fits it for the lift.
At dawn, on Easter morning, Terrasini is awakened by fireworks reminding the community of the big day. The blessing of the tree by the pastor marks the official start of the joyous celebration; Traditional Sicilian carts accompanied by a marching band parade about the town and Sicilian folklore groups and, of course, music entertain in the Piazza. For the single men it is the ultimate test of strength and skill to lift the tree at the balcony of “la zita”, their betrothed.
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La Festa degli Schietti Each year, on Easter weekend in Terrasini, Sicily, an ancient tradition dating back over 200 years ago is renewed: “La Festa degli Schietti” or the Feast of the Tree, its symbol and popular protagonist.
While You’re There Get Yourself The Best Reuben In Town
SAKURA is in full Bloom in Japan! A year ago my elderly mother wondered why
I had to go to Kyoto, Japan for Sakura (Cherry Blossom Festival,) since
‘D.C. has beautiful Cherry Blossoms.’ I told her, because D.C. does not have
my Reiki teacher, Inamoto Sensei. Despite the disaster in Japan, we
felt it important to continue our trip as planned in support of the Japanese
people. And Hyakuten assured us- "Kyoto is safe. You should come." And so,
3/30/11 we flew. One year ago today was our first full day in Kyoto! It
felt(and still feels!) surreal to be there. While there I also represented
GMG! You can find photos from this journey on Facebook Pages- Dreamtime
Wellness, Komyo Reiki Kai/New England and Komyo Reiki Kai Boston. And now,
Hyakuten will be coming to Boston/New England for the 1st time this October!
Hope you get a chance to meet him! Enjoy the photos. Note: Before the trip
and upon my return, we have organized fund raisers for Japan for continued
support at our monthly Reiki Clinic and Meditation Events. The gentleman in
the picture at the food stand kept saying- "Sank you. Sank you vely much."
The Japanese people we met were most grateful we were there, and Japanese
people still need our support! Thanks Joe! For all that you do! It ‘ripples
out’ to many!! Karen Pischke, Dreamtime Wellness
Peace, love, and light, Karen
Looks like a long walk on the pole
Here’s the full moon coming up Friday night.
Shot from the Salem Willows.
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Excellent music choices tonight and lots of it is perfect for dancing, from Ska/Reggae, to Blues, funk and latin. So get up off the couch and get your arse out the door! See full music lineup here.
In my humble opinion this show is going to off the wall.
A few words from Gloucester’s own Bandit Kings.
A spot of news for all of yous…
THE BANDIT KINGS WILL PLAY LIVE AT PRECINCT IN SOMERVILLE TONIGHT — FOLLOWED BY THE ONE AND ONLY, ANDREA GILLIS
On Saturday, April 7 The Bandit Kings and Andrea Gillis will descend on Somerville like a rock ‘n’ roll hurricane and, more specifically, on the Precinct stage for the night. Doors at 8pm. These Bandit Kings first, followed by the extraordinary Ms. Gillis.
Come “Take Another Look” in Somerville, we have missed you!
“These guys have the potential to be huge. Not lower-case “h” huge, but Huh-yooooge.” (Francis DiMenno, The Noise-Boston)
The Bandit Kings
http://www.banditkings.com | Victory Agents
The Bandit Kings are a little bit country
and a whole lot of rock n’ roll.
“Full Pink Moon”
from Renata Greene:
See more photos of Renata’s at http://renatagreene.com/
“Anxiety is the dizziness of freedom.”
Søren Kierkegaard (1813- 1855)
Often described as the Father of Existentialism, Kierkegaard, a Dane, was highly critical of the established church in his native country, finding it more concerned with politics than with the divine. During his short life he kept a 7,000 page journal in which his philosophy and theology are minutely explained. Kierkegaard observed that self-examination is the only road to self-awareness. His insistence that one should tirelessly question for oneself how best to live influenced philosophers from Camus to Heidegger, Sartre, and Niebuhr.
This Webcam and more can be found at www.gloucesterwebcam.com
Check Out Patty Knaggs Real Estate Website Here
This www.gloucesterwebcam.com local webcam portal project was an idea I had last year to have as many webcams streaming from local businesses or organizations as possible which highlight the incredible vistas that we as people that live and work here get to enjoy each and every day.
The idea was to have the organization install the webcam, have them embed the webcam feed on their own websites as well and have a link to each business website on the Gloucester webcam portal website to showcase their business as well.
Tim Blakeley from Gloucester Bytes provided the initial installation at ridiculously cheap cost because he believed in the project.
Here’s a painting I did a while ago. Model was a 1909 Post Card. The view is from Banner Hill, as it appeared then, with the Shoares, Wonson and Booth Fisheries wharves in foreground. Center is Rocky Neck with marine railways on the right and the background is the city skyline and wharves with a Salt Bark being towed out to the channel.
Hope you can use it..
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