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Thanksgiving Diaries: The Italian Thanksgiving

Every year on November 4th, Italy celebrates an important event: the Day of National Unity and of The Armed Forces. On this occasion, Italians pay tribute to those who died in wars. This event, the only important for Italy in November, falls in the same period as Thanksgiving.

Every year, on November 4th, there are many celebrations in Italy linked to the Day of National Unity, and some are celebrations of the various regiments of the Armed Forces. On this day, we celebrate the end of the First World War. This feast was set up for the first time in 1919.

With my Zorki 6, I documented one of these celebrations, the feast of the Italian Cavalry, which was held on 30 and 31 October. All these celebrations fall in the same period of the Thanksgiving Day, and are the only Italian “alternatives” to the famous American Feast.

In the background you can see the beautiful monument to the wars victims of Como, a masterpiece of the architect Antonio Sant ’Elia. This impressive building was designed before the First World War as an electric power plant for the city. The construction work was suspended, however, until the end of the war. After the war, it was decided to turn it into a monument in memory of the fallen men.

Photo by sirio174

Often in these situations the municipal guards organize guided tours inside the monument.

Photo by sirio174

On these days, a laurel wreath is laid in memory of the fallen.

The traditional cavalry experienced a rapid decline at the beginning of the twentieth century; very few departments were used in the First World War. Today, the cavalry regiment was converted, using new technology as wheeled or tracked tanks vehicles or helicopters. During this period, you can find some stands of volunteers who provide information about their civil and military missions.

The lens used, a Russian Jupiter 8, together with a Fujicolor 100 film roll, has allowed me to obtain well balanced and natural colors.

written by sirio174

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