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HAPPY EASTER! March 22, 2008

Filed under: Easter — Piera Ferranti @ 1:22 am
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FROM ADEL class 2 C Scuola Media Vivaldi Alessandria


Easter card from Alessandria

Filed under: Easter — Piera Ferranti @ 1:12 am
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The kids from Scuola Media Vivaldi

are wishing you a Happy Easter!



An Old Romanian Spring Tradition- “Alexiile”

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On the 17th of March, the Orthodox Church celebrates St. Alexie, the patron saint of insects and reptiles. This day is known among people under the name of “Alexii” or “Alexiile” and it has been celebrated in Comanesti and Humoreni for a long time. My pupils have asked the old people in the village about the origin and significance of the Alexii and this is what they found out:

  • people make fires in the fields or in their orchards because they think that the smoke will flick away from their homes the insects and the reptiles which wake up in spring;
  • children jump over the fires in order to be in a good physical condition all the year;
  • women put some polenta, a bit of salt and some coal in a small box and throw it into a river because the superstition is that the insects and reptiles will have enough food and they will not go to people’s houses;
  • this is a purification ritual;
  • people burn rubber and hay to make smoke


                                                                                                                        (Andrei-Laurentiu, Andrei, Daniel- 5th form, Comanesti School)


Easter cards from Italy! March 20, 2008

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Classe 4^B – Scuola Primaria “A. Ciancia”- Francavilla in Sinni (PZ) – Italia


Easter cards from Italy!

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Classe 5^A – Scuola Primaria “A. Ciancia”- Francavilla in Sinni (PZ) – Italia


The “pëccëllætë”: a typical Easter recipe from the south of Italy

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During Easter time our mums and grandmas prepare at least one “pëccëllætë”. It’s an Easter ring shaped cake made by flour, water and eggs, with or without sugar that we eat on Easter. Here you are the recipe!

You need:

  • 1 kg of flour
  • 250 g of sugar
  • Water (how you need)
  • 7 eggs
  • 100 g of melted lard
  • 1 piece of brewer’s yeast
  • 1 grated lemon peel
  • 1 glass of “Martini” liquor

Mix the ingredients on the pastry board and and work well. Cover the dough and let it rice for ten or more hours( it depends on the temperature), better for one night. Work the dough on the pastry board giving it a ring shape. Cover and let it rice again for 5 or 6 hours. When it’s well riced bake in the oven for about half an hour.

If you like making the salt version, leave the sugar and the “Martini” liquor and add 1 glass of white wine.Before baking insert in the ring shaped dough four boiled eggs with around some blessed olive leaves as a decoration. You can eat it during the Easter lunch instead of bread.

Some photos of a “pëccëllætë” wiyh sugar:




Happy Easter!

Classe 5^A – Scuola primaria “A. Ciancia” – Francavilla in Sinni (PZ) – Italia


Bells at Easter

Filed under: Easter — Piera Ferranti @ 3:53 pm


In Italy, Church bells ring joyfully during the year . But the bells stop ringingon the Thursday before Good Friday (“Venerdì Santo” in Italian). They are silent for a few days while people remember the death of Jesus.

On Easter Sunday at midnight the bells ring out , telling the people that Jesus is alive again.

When people hear the bells, they kiss and hug one another

Alberto     Scuola Media Vivaldi Alessandria