Predicting the weather Venetian style on the Festa della Madonna della Candelora

Italy is a country of countries. That is to say it’s a country made up of lots of cities and regions that used to be republics or kingdoms before they united as one in 1861. So apart from speaking the national language of Italian, many people also speak the centuries-old dialects of their land. Here in Venice Venetian has been influenced by standard Italian and shares a use of proverbs and idioms to give colour, humour and expression to life in the lagoon.

Language tree by Minna Sundberg, creator of the webcomic Stand Still. Stay Silent. (http://sssscomic.com/index.php)

Language tree by Minna Sundberg, creator of the webcomic Stand Still. Stay Silent (http://sssscomic.com/index.php)

One such proverb applies directly to today, February 2nd,  as I discovered by chance this morning.

“Da la Madona Candeòra de l’inverno semo fora; ma se xe piova e vento, de l’inverno semo drento” (Venetian)

Translated, the proverb literally means “From the festival of Madonna della Candelora (Feb 2nd, otherwise known as Candlemass or the Feast of the Purification of the Virgin), we’re out of winter, but if it rains or is windy on that day, we’re still in winter.”

Acqua alta of 120cm, wellington boots necessary

Acqua alta, high tide,  of 120cm expected at 9.30am, wellington boots necessary!

So all eyes have been on the weather today and I’m pleased to report that despite an above average acqua alta, high tide, this morning, we’ve had blue skies and sunshine all day. What expressions do you use to predict the weather? Leave me a comment with your local proverbs or idioms handed down through generations. And welcome to Spring 2015!!!

Blue skies welcome in Spring......we hope!

Blue skies welcome in Spring today……we hope!

Credits : Many thanks to Daniela and the students of our English class in Mestre for explaining the meaning of this proverb to me. I hope to learn many more!

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2 Responses to Predicting the weather Venetian style on the Festa della Madonna della Candelora

  1. Francis says:

    it was a gorgeous day here too in bagni di lucca however it’s snowed during the night and we are now waking up to a winter wonderland

  2. suggs69 says:

    Interesting. I thought the date sounded familiar and remembered it sounded like Groundhog Day which has similar weather connotations. Then finding this: http://www.stormfax.com/ghogday.htm. shows it’s also related to Candlemas but the origin of proverbs from other countries has a different result if there is sunny weather on Feb 2.

    That image of language tree is also engaging, if only because I was told this weekend in Estonia, that they share the Uralic root with Finnish and Hungarian.

    Great post

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