Friday, November 1, 2013

NaBloPoMo - The Return!

Two years after I took up - and completed - the NaBloPoMo challenge, I'm back for more. 

NaBloPoMo stands for National Blog Posting Month, and was inspired by the NaNoWriMo project for National Novel Writing Month, which takes part every November. NaBloPoMo consists of writing a blog post every day, which for someone like me who doesn't write enough, is a real challenge. And that's the reason why I've decided to join NaBloPoMo for another year - so I can hopefully get into the habit of writing more content for my blog.

November starts off with a public holiday in Italy, Ognissanti or All Saint's Day. Seeing as it falls on a Friday this it's an excellent opportunity to get out of Milan and leave the city for a long weekend, with many people heading up to the mountains. Tomorrow iss also a religious holiday, but not a public holiday like today. It's All Souls' Day, known in Italian as Commemorazione dei defunti - commemoration of the dead. Italians traditionally visit graveyards to pay their respects to relatives who have passed away, taking flowers. There are also special sweets - most commonly a kind of biscuit - prepared for this day, called dolci dei morti - sweets of the dead. Here in Lombardy the biscuits are traditionally made using almonds, and are oval shaped. There's also pane dei morti - bread of the dead - in this part of the country, which is sweet bread that can also contain candied fruit. Traditionally the sweets prepared for this day are left out during the night between the 1st and 2nd of November when the dead are said to return to the earth, so that they have something to eat after their long journey back.

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