English

Fighting your temptations

Today marks the first day of Lent in the Christian world, and this day is called Ash Wednesday. What better way to mark the start of the fasting period – when you are supposed to fight all kinds of temptations – than by eating loads and loads of delicious stuff the day before! Hence, the day before Ash Wednesday you have a day called Shrove Tuesday. The name derives from the word shrive which means to “confess”.

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Svenska

Kampen mot dina frestelser

Idag inleds påskfastan – eller bara fastan – i den kristna världen, och den här dagen kallas askonsdagen. Inget bättre sätt att inleda fasteperioden – då man borde motstå alla möjliga frestelser – än att äta en massa gott dagen innan! Dagen innan askonsdagen har man alltså en dag som kallas fettisdagen, eller fastlagstisdagen i Finland. På engelska kallas den här dagen Shrove Tuesday, där namnet kommer från ordet ”shrive” som betyder att ”bekänna”.

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English

Carnival blast: throwing oranges at your enemies!

Here we go bablarians! It’s the 6th of February, one exact month after Epiphany and just a week away from Valentine’s Day and we Italians – since we really cannot concentrate on one party at a time – are already decorating shops with Carnival costumes, sparklers and masks to get prepared for the celebrations that are going to take place from the second week of February until the first week of March through the country.

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Italiano

A Carnevale … tirare arance vale!

Siamo ormai al 6 febbraio, bablarians! E’ passato un mese esatto dall’Epifania, manca quasi una settimana a San Valentino e noi italiani, siccome non riusciamo a concentrarci su una sola festa alla volta, stiamo già allestendo le vetrine con costumi di Carnevale, stelle filanti e maschere in vista delle varie celebrazioni che si tengono solitamente dalla seconda/terza settimana di febbraio fino ai primi di marzo.

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