Palio di Siena

Held twice a year, in July and August, the culmination of the Palio di Siena is a ninety second horse race. But for Sienese it is so much more than that: held since 1656 it is the embodiment of civic pride and dominates life throughout the year.

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La Pizzica

La pizzica is one of Puglia’s most traditional dances. It is the ancient healing ritual against the bite of tarantula, the dangerous poisonous spider.

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1891 lynching of 11 Siclians

This photograph, taken Jan. 30, 2016 and provided by AWE News, shows a copy of a March 14, 1891, newspaper advertisement as shown in the Musee Conti Wax Museum exhibit about the lynching of 11 Italian immigrants, three of whom had been acquitted a day earlier in the murder of the city’s police chief. The mayor of New Orleans plans an apology to Italian-Americans for what’s considered the nation’s largest lynching _ violence in which 11 Italian immigrants were killed after acquittals in a police chief’s murder. “This has been a longstanding wound,” said Michael Santo of the Order Sons and Daughters of Italy. The lynching in 1891 and responses to it prompted Italy to close its U.S. embassy, followed by a reciprocal U.S. embassy closing, he said. (AWE News via AP).

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Mother Cabrini portrait

The youngest of thirteen children, Francesca Cabrini was born on July 15, 1850 in a small village called S’ant Angelo Lodigiano near the city of Milan, Italy.

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The most famous rites take place in Taranto, starting on Palm Sunday when local fraternal orders bid in an auction for the honour of carrying the statues of Christ in the Holy Friday procession. Beginning at midnight on the Holy Friday, members of the fraternities dress in white robes, covering their faces with hoods with only two slits for their eyes, which render them unrecognizable. Following an ancient route through the town, the fraternities walk barefoot, carrying the heavy statues representing the Stations of the Cross until dawn.

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