We invite you to attend Casa Italia's Italian Christmas Village to be held on December 1 from 12 noon until 6 p.m. There will be activities for the entire family. Complimentary Open House from 12 Noon to 6 p.m.Feel free to bring your favorite cookies and treats to share!   "Trim a tree at Casa Italia." Decorate your Organization, Business, o...

This is not the season without panettone. The mile-high domed Italian Christmas bread, studded with raisins and candied orange, light and airy in texture yet richly flavored with eggs and butter, tastes like the holiday.   Our mom had it at Christmas always, a reminder of her Italian homeland, though she had to travel far from our little Ohi...

By Giovanni di Napoli The bagpipes are an ancient instrument, dating back thousands of years; they're even mentioned in the Bible (Genesis 4:21). Here in America we normally associate the bagpipes with the Irish and Scottish, who have a long and storied tradition with this wonderful instrument. However, many Americans, even those of Italian ancest...

From Italy, a unique artists' event - Do some early X-MAS shopping. For sale: MOSAICS, PAINTINGS, CERAMICS, SCULPTURES, JEWELERY.   Location: CASA ITALIANA HALL & CULTURAL CENTER, 595 3rd Street, NW | Washington, DC 20002, METRO RAIL: RED LINE - Judiciary Square   Source: http://www.meetup.com/  

by Jim Dwyer Dressed in overalls and jackets, wearing work boots and hats, the men lined up five dozen strong on Christmas Eve 1931 for that week's pay at a Midtown Manhattan construction site. Behind them stood a fine Christmas tree.   It had been mounted by the men and draped with the traditional cranberry strings and garlands. ...

Musical retelling of the folk tale of La Befana, featuring Mariuccia Romano of the Coro d'Italia, Italian Singing and Dancing Ensemble. La Befana is an Italian Christmas tradition that has its origins in the 13th century legend of La Befana. Befana is a benevolent old woman who delivers gifts to children on January 5th, the eve of the Epiphany. Sin...

By Rosa Mariotti   The holiday season is here. With that, fond memories of the many great times spent in Italy with my family. Decorating the tree: year after year, using the same ornaments and the same short, beaten-up artificial tree from which we couldn't depart such we loved him so much. During my childhood, dad would also decorate a hu...

By Michelle Durham   It's a Christmas Eve tradition for thousands in the Delaware Valley, especially those of Italian descent, the Feast of the Seven Fishes. Why seven? What is the meaning behind this treasured tradition? Vice President of Anastasi Seafood, Janet Anastasi-Stechman explains why seven fishes are prepared the night before...

The Marion County community invited people to share its Italian heritage at the 9th annual Feast of the Seven Fishes festival.   The Feast of the Seven Fishes is a centuries-old custom observed primarily by southern Italians, consisting of a seafood meal served on Christmas Eve. Local restaurants showcased their heritage ties, with cultural...

by Pamela Stevens   December is a month of celebrations including the traditional Italian Christmas Eve dinner. It is also known as Festa dei Sette Pesci, or the Feast of the Seven Fishes. It's a meal without meat honoring the midnight birth of baby Jesus; a custom that originated in Sicily and has since spread throughout Italy and arou...