There is one word that is worldwide known, and that is a kind of motto for the Italian expats and it's MANGIA.
MANGIA (Eat) is Italian Mothers' and Grandmothers' favorite word.
That you are eating like a little bird, or like a hoover, it doesn't matter. When you sit at an Italian table, you will hear this word at least one time (if you're lucky).
Many think it's just because our mothers love us, or because they always see us like a child in need to grow up, or because of our sense of hospitality.
In Italy August 10th is a special night; it’s the night we spend looking at the dark sky, praying to see a shooting star, or maybe more, because every star is a dream that come true.
Yes, it’ s magic, romantic, unforgettable night. People reunite on the beach or up on the hills, with just a blanket and maybe a guitar, wherever it is dark enough not to lose neither a star.
Even if science states these are just asteroids belonging to the Perseo constellation, for us these are the stars that remind us of the San Lorenzo martyrdom; they are the tears he cried and that fall from the sky on his death’s anniversary to give us hope. We believe in fact that the dreams of those who remember the Saint and see a shooting star will come true during the year.
So if you’re in Italy during this night, don’t miss it.
If you really want to feel like an Italian, find a dark place, take your blanket and turn your eyes skyward; and as you see a shooting star make your wish and say “Stella, mia bella stella, desidero che…” – Star, my beautiful star, I desire that…”
Obviously it has to remain secret…and your dreams will come true.
I wish you all a wonderful San Lorenzo night, that it brings you all you desire!