In my previous post I took you for a little sightseeing (check it HERE ) and today I will continiue with the family and their beloved members. As I wrote earlier (read HERE ), the family and friends gatherings got a new meaning in Sicily as on an average weekday I saw more people around the table than in Hungary at big celebrations.
I was delighted to see that extending your family or organizing an evening together don’t depend on money but on your will. And they master the will of support and togetherness, not to mention the party spirit. Having a good fling doesn’t depend on alcohol as even we had the finest local wines on the table, followed by after-dinner grapa and limoncello, noone was drunk at these events. They simply love to have fun whether it is tarantella dance teaching for us (where Marco and myself did not really have the moves) or singing traditional Sicilian songs of which Marco, the born Italian did not understand a word. However we didn’t need language skills to see and understand how proud they are of their traditions and many times after these dinners we heard the „La mia terra, Sicilia” song which is all about their love for the motherland. One evening when Andrea (which is a male name here) and Nella invited us over to their home for dinner, we even got a traditional Sicilian hat which they happily flipped on our heads.
Many of them suggested us visiting Sicily at Christmas time if we want to see real celebration but I can hardly imagine how they can top this level. Every time I felt we celebrated something though there was no birthday or christening to rejoice over. At the same time we did celebrate something: our togetherness which was enough for them and for me too to lionize. They highlighted the main point: don’t wait for Easter or an anniversary as every occasion can be a special one if you decide so.
A really special surprise waited for us in Nella’s bar: a traditional Sicilian folk group who joined me to take some photos, too:
Hat, clutch, dress: Yours Clothing
Photo: Marco Di Giovanni