Carnevale is an annual winter festival in Italy. It is celebrated 40 days before Easter. Celebrations includes parades, masquerade balls and parties for days with the finale on Martedi Grasso or Fat Tuesday, the day before Ash Wednesday which is the start of Lenten season.
During the celebrations, that lasts for almost 2 weeks or more ,it is very common to see children in their costumes while throwing confetti to just anybody.
heavily-strewn with confetti street
In Acireale, they celebrated with parades of allegorical and flower floats. I can say that it is the grandest carnevale celebration in the region of Sicily.
Mostly, if not all of the allegorical floats were about Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti. It's a no big secret that some Italians wants him out and the floats clearly showed it.
Some floats were also made of flowers while others featured famous cartoon characters or legendary personalities.
It was like a one big celebration with all the perfect ingredients: music, foods, parades, masks, and street party!
teenagers dancing to Gangnam style
Everybody indeed had a good time regardless of age .. from infants to grown ups and to young at hearts notwithstanding the cold weather.
Its a miracle how two complete strangers meet and then fall in love but it takes another miracle to mend a broken heart especially when suddenly one of the lovers just walk away without even saying goodbye ,worse was he made you believed that he still loves you but in reality he is already living in together with his new flame.
Cliche but really that famous adage is definitely true.. For who would have thought that their- not- so- incriminating group picture published in his social media account that I registered it myself would send my world crumbling down? For who would have thought that by seeing just the tip of his fingers over the girls shoulder would make me suspect that there's something going on between them? Yes, the discovery was painful because the truth was just in front of my eyes but it was more hurtful bec they made me look like stupid and not to mention the betrayal.
I guess its safe to say that it is normal for any person who have a broken heart to cry, to feel depress and lonely , but I couldn't ... I couldn't cry out loud because I didn't like my family to see me in distraught. I've tried my one good old therapy which is shopping. It was with no good... Finally, I sought refuged in the Sanctuary of the Black Madonna in Tindari.
the Black Madonna of Tindari
The miraculous Black Madonna of Tindari without a doubt healed me. She casted a miracle and helped me put back to pieces my heavily- torned heart. Indeed ,She touched me with Her healing grace.
The church that sit atop a mountainous hill contains the Black Madonna of Tindari. The statue bears the inscription "NIGRA SUM SED FORMOSA" meaning "I am black but beautiful".
The Black Madonna is said to be miraculous starting from its arrival on the Greek-originated city of Tindari in Sicily.
The legend states that the ship carrying the Madonna's statue was forced to docked in the area because of strong storm. They unloaded some of their stuffs at the abbey including the statue. Since then on the Madonna stayed on the basilica and has helped and protected the town from several wars.
Another famous legend is the story of the lagoon. It was said to be created when a pilgrim refused to pray to the Madonna because she was black. The woman accidentally dropped her baby into the ocean and she asked the Madonna to save her baby, The Madonna then made the land rise to save the infant. The shape of the sands of the lagoon looks like the image of the Madonna carrying the baby.
Another interesting characteristic of the church are its mosaic-laden walls.