This weekend New Yorkers celebrate the Feast of San Gennaro, an 11-day-long street fair now in its 92nd year. What is the Feast of San Gennaro, and how did it become so popular outside of Italy? The Local has you covered with this handy primer. It’s that time of year again! #SanGennaro Festival in #LittleItaly, #NYC. @SanGennaroNYC pic.twitter.com/Lat0VEKgEp Who was San Gennaro? San Gennaro (sometimes called Saint Januarius in English) is the patron saint of Naples, martyred in AD 305 by the Emperor Diocletian for his Christian faith. Legend holds that Gennaro, the Bishop of Benevento, was on his way to Pozzuoli to visit his friend Sissios in jail when he was intercepted by the emperor's forces and eventually beheaded, after an initial unsuccessful attempt to have him eaten by wild animals. San Gennaro by Caravaggio According to Catholic tradition, a pious woman named Eusebia collected the bishop's blood in two glass ampoules as it drained from his body. First in … [Read more...] about The Feast of San Gennaro in New York: the biggest Italian street fair outside of Italy?
I peered over the craggy rim of Erta Ale, Ethiopia’s most active volcano, at the lava lake below. Beneath a gassy haze, boiling, ruby-red, molten rock thickened and rose up, swelling like a tidal wave topped off by a fireworks of crashing surf. Earth is made up of blood and guts, I thought, just like me. I had stumbled upon the opportunity to hike to the 2,011-foot summit of Erta Ale while planning a road trip across the ancient kingdoms and lakes of Ethiopia’s Rift Valley. The East African Rift runs through Ethiopia’s crusty, northeastern Afar Region. There, the shifting of the tectonic plates beneath the parched desertscape produces a chaos of fire and gases that can be seen at the top of Erta Ale, which contains one of the world’s six lava lakes. Though navigating congested urban streets represented the extent of my recent hiking prowess, I decided I had to climb the volcano. The two-day trek turned out to be the most arduous and spectacular event in my … [Read more...] about When planning a hike on an active volcano, safety before spectacle