Feast of San Gennaro | Sept 14 to 24

Among big immigrant groups who contributed the most to the making of modern America, Italians stand out. Escaping first from war and then from desperate rural poverty, Italians flocked to the United States in astonishing numbers. The years between 1880 and 1920 alone saw more than four million Italians becoming new Americans, the majority coming… Continue reading Feast of San Gennaro | Sept 14 to 24

St. Stephen’s Day | August 20

  Don’t be fooled: Hungary’s St. Stephen’s Day is not the winter holiday celebrated (and caroled about) as “The Feast of Steven.” Instead, it commemorates King Stephen, who founded Hungary and was canonized in 1083 by Pope Gregory VII. Unlike some holidays, where pomp or religion come first and food is secondary, eating takes pride… Continue reading St. Stephen’s Day | August 20

Gnoccata | August 12, 2017

Many Italian towns celebrate a “Gnoccata,” which translates—delightfully—into “Dumpling Festival.” The Gnoccata of LIguria, a northwestern province of Italy famous for its picturesque coastline and the five coastal villages known as the Cinque Terre, falls on the second Sunday in August. Gnocchi, the festival’s namesake dumplings, come in many forms, including a pillowy potato variety… Continue reading Gnoccata | August 12, 2017

King Kamehameha Day, Hawaii | June 11

Hawaii, for mainlanders and especially us East Coasters, is a conundrum: a place about which we think we know a lot–based mostly on TV and movies–and which we are sometimes inclined to dismiss as a hokey tourist trap; but that, when we visit, is a revelation of unfamiliar treasures and treats. In some ways, Hawaii… Continue reading King Kamehameha Day, Hawaii | June 11

Feria de Abril de Sevilla | April 30-May 6

Spring brings not only the welcome arrival of fragrant blossoms and tender green leaves, but an annual flowering of festivals. The Seville Fair in Spain, or Feria de abril de Sevilla, has to be one of the most fun. Just two weeks after the parades of Holy Week and the somber reflections of Lent, the… Continue reading Feria de Abril de Sevilla | April 30-May 6