Happy St. Ambrose Day!
In Milan, we celebrate the feast day of St. Ambrose, our patron Saint. He was a 4th-century Christian bishop of Milan, which means he came too early to have the pleasure of enjoying this fabulous cathedral. Today, some quite fun things happen:
1. Thousands (or it seems like thousands) flock to the grounds of the church of Sant'Ambrogio (his name in Italian) where they have a very large artisan fair called "Sagra dei Obej Obej" (in Milanese dialect, that's, "Oh beautiful, oh beautiful"). It's a great place to buy Christmas presents if you don't mind hustling and bustling crowds.
2. The elites of the city get to go to La Scala's opening night where this year they are playing Giuseppe Verdi's Aida in all it's ancient Egyptian glory. On TV tonight, we will get an Oscar-like view of all the fancy folks heading into the theater. Have a happy St. Ambrose Day, everybody!