Traditions across Europe-an eTwinning project

“Science and technology revolutionize our lives, but memory, TRADITION and myth frame our response.” (Arthur Schlesinger Jr.)

Gathering Folklore in Ireland November 16, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — stbrendans @ 8:10 pm

In 1937 a major project was undertaken in Irish primary schools to preserve the folklore and traditions throughout the country. Pupils from 5th and 6th classes (aged 11-14) were asked to collect  the traditional cures, prayers, proverbs, curses and local history from their parents and grandparents. This was then written in special copybooks in school and transferred to the National Archives in Dublin for preservation. Over 5,000 pupils took part in the project and a vast collection of folklore was preserved for future generations. In 2010 the  Irish National television station R.T.E. decided to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the folklore commission with a series of programmes called Ó Bhéal go Béal. (From Mouth to Mouth) In the third programme four people were interviewed who had taken part in the project in 1937-38 when they were in primary school. Now in their eighties, these four people were shown the manuscripts which they had carefully written down 72 years previously. One of the people interviewed was Criostóir Ó Tuama, who was principal of our school in Newmarket from 1953 to 1988. Mr Ó Tuama had collected the folklore from his grandmother who was 96 at the time. Mr. Ó Tuama is a native Irish speaker from Ballyvourney in West Cork and his description of the prayers and sayings of his grandmother was recalled with great clarity. The programme was beautifully made and the four people interviewed provided a wonderful description of their schooldays and the rural Ireland of the 1930’s.

You can watch the programme here:



17 March 2011: 150th anniversary Unity of Italy March 20, 2011

Filed under: events — Gina @ 3:24 pm

Classe 2^B – Scuola Primaria “A. Ciancia” – Francavilla in Sinni (PZ) – Italia


The befana / La Befana January 19, 2011

Filed under: Christmas — Gina @ 2:48 pm

Classe 2^B- Scuola Primaria “A. Ciancia” – Francavilla in Sinni (PZ) – Italia


Merry Christmas!/Buon Natale!

Filed under: carols,Christmas — Gina @ 2:40 pm

Classe 2^B – Scuola Primaria “A. Ciancia” – Francavilla in Sinni (PZ) – Italia


Christmas at school /Natale a scuola

Filed under: carols,Christmas — Gina @ 2:33 pm

Classe 2^B – Scuola Primaria “A. Ciancia”-Francavilla in Sinni (PZ) – Italia


2010 in review January 2, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — LL @ 11:15 am

The stats helper monkeys at mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

Featured image

About 3 million people visit the Taj Mahal every year. This blog was viewed about 38,000 times in 2010. If it were the Taj Mahal, it would take about 5 days for that many people to see it.


In 2010, there were 17 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 186 posts. There were 37 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 33mb. That’s about 3 pictures per month.

The busiest day of the year was April 1st with 486 views. The most popular post that day was Joyeuses Pâques 2010.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were,,,, and

Some visitors came searching, mostly for pumpkin, romanian flag, chiacchiere, religious tolerance, and sarmale.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


Joyeuses Pâques 2010 March 2010


Traditional Romanian Costume June 2008


The History of Halloween October 2008


1 December – the National Day of Romania December 2008


Lithuanian festival – Užgavėnės March 2008


Happy Halloween from Romania! October 30, 2010

Filed under: Halloween — LL @ 11:17 pm

Happy Halloween everybody!

Liliana&the kids



Filed under: Halloween — Gina @ 11:10 pm

Just to wish you: HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

Solo per augurarvi: FELICE HALLOWEEN!

Classe 2^B -Scuola Primaria “A. Ciancia”- Francavilla in Sinni (PZ) – Italia


Two Traditional Romanian Songs Performed by Our Students July 13, 2010

Filed under: traditional songs — LL @ 11:52 pm

The songs below were performed by our 7th graders and were recorded this spring. Our students are wearing traditional costumes. The first video is filmed outside, at a traditional house in Comanesti village, Suceava county.

Liliana&the kids


From the milk to the cheese/ Dal latte al formaggio May 15, 2010

Filed under: School stuff,Typical activities,Typical products — Gina @ 6:31 pm

 In un  piccolo laboratorio caseario si ricavano dal latte alcuni prodotti tipici : formaggio, mozzarelle, scamorze, ricotta.

 In a little cheese factory they make  from the milk some typical products : cheese, mozzarelle, scamorze, ricotta!

La visita / the visit:


Alcune fasi della lavorazione / Some process phases:

View more here and here!

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