Epiphany is a held on January 6th, this is the last day of the 12 days of Christmas. The main focus is the manifestation of Christ. In Florence there is a parade that starts at the Palazzo Pitti and ends in front of the Duomo. It includes the arrival of the three wisemen, in search of the Messiah. Mary and Joseph are at the manger with animals at the Duomo.
This is extremely different to what we do in the U.S. Christmas is when we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. After Thanksgiving we decorate the house with trees and lights, Some people start before that. Once Christmas is over, the celebration is over. We do not bring it into the new year, unlike here. Italians do have Christmas decorations in their homes. They adopted the Christmas tree from America and start decorating in December.
The celebration here is very grand and well thought out.The whole city of people come together. Oppose to back home a Christmas parade can be good one year and not occur another. Italians can keep a tradition alive for many years and the detail in the parade is amazing.
Our first week of school is over and I do enjoy our class and activities that we do as a group. I feel confident in learning Italian, some parts are easy; some difficult. Hopefully I will remember the basics before the trip is over.
I’m looking for a relaxed weekend. Chelsey (my sister) and I will take some nice walks around the city. We want to return to the market and look around the city more.
Adjusting to Italian life has been a lot of fun. At first it was hard to navigate the streets, but it is easier now. One thing I just can not grasp is the heating. I need it more than just once a day and once at night. If that is the worst thing here, I’ll take it.