Saint Lucia’s Day | December 13

There’s a love for all things Scandinavian these days. We aren’t sure whether it’s our current political situation that has some longing for utopian socialist democracy or simply the timeless appeal of concepts like hygge, especially as the winter sets in (hello, first snowfall of the season!), but it is all around us. One of… Continue reading Saint Lucia’s Day | December 13

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