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Carnival in Venice – Martedi Grosso – Fat Tuesday

Carnival in Venice  Martedi Grosso – Fat Tuesday *   The word carnival comes from the Latin “carnem levare” (eliminate meat) as it originally indicated the banquet that was held on the last day of Carnival (Mardi Gras), immediately before the period of fasting and abstinence of Lent.  Carnival is a festival that is celebrated in countries […]

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Braiding Palms for Palm Sunday

Braiding Palms for Palm Sunday Video Below *   It is customary in many churches for worshippers to receive fresh palm leaves on Palm Sunday. In parts of the world where this has historically been impractical, substitute traditions have arisen.   In Italy, palm leaves are used along with small olive branches, readily available in the […]

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