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Gia-Gina Across the Pond

So I've decided to follow my husband to his native Italy. Follow our adventures as we eat, drink, travel, adapt to and explore this remarkable country. Part food blog, part photo blog but mostly my rants and raves. After our two years in Italy, we relocated across the Atlantic "pond" and are back in the States.

Sunday, February 12, 2006

Carnival and Bugie

While walking home last week I noticed star shaped paper confetti all over the sidewalks near our building. “Someone must have had a party,” I think. I soon find out that all of Italy as well as many Catholic countries are “partying” for Carnival. I knew of Carnival in Brazil but did not know much else about it. The good ole internet is such a great tool when it comes to researching. Here is what I found:

The Carnival Season is a holiday period during the two weeks before the traditional Christian fast of Lent. What is Lent? It is a 40-day period of fasting and sacrifice right before Easter. What is Easter? An important Christian holiday that celebrates when Jesus was resurrected after his crucifixion. When is Easter? This year is it on April 16th. How Easter is calculated is complicated and involves the full moon, vernal equinox and the Gregorian calendar.

In February, Italians get ready for the Carnival. The most famous one is in Venice, which usually takes place between February 9 and 16. I have always loved the Carnival masks of Venice; they frighten yet intrigue me. After approximately two to three weeks of fun, the celebration of Carnival ends on "Mardi Gras" (French for "Fat Tuesday). Think New Orleans and trumpets.

In many parts of Italy, special treats are made for Carnival. My favorite is bugie, (pronounced boo-gee-eh) not budgie like the parakeet: this flat, crisp elephant ear dusted with a bit of sugar. Yummy.

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At 8:45 AM, Blogger Expat Traveler said...

Yum - that bugie looks incredible! Wishing we had a taste of that here!

At 1:25 PM, Blogger Eulinx said...

Hi Gia,
try them with a little bit of honey spread on the top. It's unusual, but delicious!
Ah, by the way: this sweet has different names all over Italy, did you know? In Rome, for example, they are called "frappe", in Milan it's "chiacchiere".
Ciao : )


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