19 September 2007

è un miracolo!

Today is San Gennaro, the patron saint of Napoli. Every 19th of September people push and shove to get a front row seat in the church where a vial of San Gennaro's blood is contained. Be there early if you want to get in.

If a miracle happens and the blood turns to liquid then Naples can sleep safe. If it doesn't then something bad might happen to the city. For example, in 1980 before the earthquake the blood didn't liquefy.

Much of Naples had a day off today to celebrate San Gennaro. Unfortunately the kid in the apartment above us had a day off too. He donned his lead shoes and played ball in the house all morning. Now if he learnt some manners that would be a real miracle.

7 comments:

Giulia said...

So, when do we find out if it liquified, or not?!

Delina said...

I forgot to add that important bit - LOL! It liquefied this morning at around 9:30am. The miracle never happens between 2-4pm (lunch and siesta time)

KC said...

N was sad yesterday because the company he works for in Pozzuoli doesn't give the day off to its employees.

Delina said...

KC - what meanies! I think there are quite a few companies who still have their staff work on San G :( Hopefully he got paid extra for working it.

Nadine said...

That is the tough part about apartment living. The guy or the kid upstairs.

nyc/caribbean ragazza said...

The San Gennaro festival in NYC is pretty huge. several streets are shut down in what used to be Little Italy (most of Little Italy is now yuppie ville or Chinatown)

Gil said...

The San Gennaro festival in NYC started on the 11th of September and runs until this Sunday the 21st of September. If anyone reading this plans on going go early in the day as it gets real crowded after dark especially on Saturday.