Right now in Milan the Design Week is taking place and we are looking forward to tell you more about our trip there.
And here we are in Lombardy. Ready to know more about this region so rich of traditions?
Lombardy is located in northern Italy. The name has its origin from the Longobards who occupied the region in the sixth century, after the fall of the Roman empire.
In Lombardy the ancient and ritual tradition of the Yule log is also widely practiced throughout the region. People use to select the log among the most valuable woods as ash, pine, oak and even fruit trees.
At the arrival of the log in the houses would have followed always a big party, decorating the trunks with ribbons, leaves and flowers. Younger children rode on the stump astride and, in its wake, people doffed their hats and bowed. On Christmas the household head then would light up the log, often with the remains of the previous year. He also recited prayers and in some areas he poured on the trunk wine or grain, as good luck. People believed that the remains of the log had healing powers and could use it in fact for most situations: to treat sick calves, to have a good harvest and even for human health as sickness of teeth.
Introducing the Christmas in Lombardy we have to talk about Panettone. One of the symbol of the Italian Christmas in the world.
L’Artigiano in Fiera is the most important event in the world that shows the beauty and goodness of arts and trades. The program of the largest handicraft international event this year foresees many news: from music and folk dances to creativity courses. The fair will take place from 3rd till 11th December at Fieramilano Rho-Pero, every day from 10.00am until 10.30pm.
In nine days, thousands of artisans from all continents will exhibit their unique, authentic and original products. The handicraft traditions will be protagonist of the event, as well as the ever innovation attitude of an increasing number of young people who decide to engage in the industry. The path between the talent and originality also unfold between the areas dedicated to fashion, creativity, furnishing.
A layout subdivided into territories (Africa, America, Asia, Europe and all Italian regions) and themed halls (Home Living, Fashion&Design and Creative Passion).
Here you can find the expert hands of artisans of wood, the passion of the masters of the handmade and ideas of young people demonstrate that the mix of tradition and innovation is the recipe to achieve excellence.
Furthermore, the event promotes a human-oriented economy. The protagonists here are craftsmen, entering a network of relations among companies, which together with Ge.Fi. S.p.A., are seeking to launch a shared development model. The Artisan Fair will promote, finally, the participation of enterprises from the regions victims of the recent earthquakes in the central Italy.