The picture above is of Saint Anthony’s Feast in New England otherwise known as, “The Feast”. The Feast is an Italian religious celebration that has been done annually since 1919 by Italian immigrants. While there are many other versions of the Feast done for different churches, the one for Saint Anthony is the largest in New England. At the festival, many people come together to enjoy entertainment, Italian food, parades, souvenirs and religious services on decorated streets such as the one pictured above. This Feast has even gotten the recognition of Italian Food Wine & Culture which has said the Feast is “a spectacle not to be missed!”. The feast however is not only for Italians and is open to anyone who wishes to enjoy the culture and history of Italian immigrants in America.
I wanted to preserve this because I am an Italian and Feasts such as this one are important to my culture. When the Italian immigrants came to New England they brought their traditions with them and continued to practice their customs even though they were away from their homeland. Today, there are not many ways in which I can publicly celebrate my culture with other people. So to have an annual chance to enjoy all the aspects of my heritage means a lot to me. It also has a great deal of personal significance because many people in my family have been involved in the Feast so going there has become a tradition for me. I hope the Italian culture continues to be honored, preserved and enjoyed by people for many years to come.
Christopher Lentine-Section 07