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Tales from The Decameron

Tales from The Decameron (1916) John William Waterhouse Tales from Giovanni Boccaccio’s ‘The Decameron’ are being currently being recounted [in synopsis form, with link to John Payne et al’s translation] on LCAHM’s Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/LCAHM/ In Florence in 1348 the whole city hunkered down and fought its way day by day through the worst pandemic Europe … Continue reading “Tales from The Decameron”

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Hanami

Hanami (flower viewing) is the Japanese traditional custom of enjoying the transient beauty of flowers; flowers (hana) are in this case almost always referring to those of the cherry (sakura) or, less frequently plum(ume) trees. Cherry trees generally bloom from the end of March to early May. The blossom forecast (桜前線, sakura-zensen) is announced each … Continue reading “Hanami”

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25 aprile Festa della Liberazione

Italy’s Liberation Day, also known as the Anniversary of the Liberation, Anniversary of the Resistance or simply 25 April, is a national Italian holiday commemorating the end of Nazi occupation of the country during World War Two and the victory of the Resistance. And for those who might like to practice their Italian: L’anniversario della liberazione d’Italia (anche chiamato festa della Liberazione, anniversario della … Continue reading “25 aprile Festa della Liberazione”

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23 April St George’s Day

St George’s Day is celebrated on 23 April by various Christian churches and by several nations, kingdoms, countries and cities of which Saint George is the patron saint, including England and regions of Spain and Portugal in particular. From the early 15th century St. George’s Day was a major feast and national holiday in England … Continue reading “23 April St George’s Day”

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Sesquicentennial anniversary of the birth of Lenin

Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov (22 April 1870– 21 January 1924), better known as Lenin, was a Russian revolutionary, politician and political theorist who served as head of government of Soviet Russia from 1917 to 1924 and of the Soviet Union from 1922 to 1924. Under his administration, Russia and then the wider Soviet Union became a one-party communist … Continue reading “Sesquicentennial anniversary of the birth of Lenin”

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Sestercentennial of the birth of William Wordsworth

  William Wordsworth (7 April 1770–23 April 1850) was born in what is now named Wordsworth House in Cockermouth, Cumberland in the Lake District.  He was an English Romantic poet who, with Samuel Taylor Coleridge, helped to launch the Romantic Age in English literature with their joint publication Lyrical Ballads (1798). Wordsworth’s magnum opus is … Continue reading “Sestercentennial of the birth of William Wordsworth”

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20 March Nowruz – Iranian New Year

Nowruz is the Iranian New Year, also known as the Persian New Year, which is celebrated worldwide by various ethno-linguistic groups. Nowruz has Iranian and Zoroastrian origins, however, it has been celebrated by diverse communities for over 3,000 years  It remains a holy day for Zoroastrians, Bahais and some Muslim communities. Nowruz is the day of the vernal equinox … Continue reading “20 March Nowruz – Iranian New Year”

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