courtesy of wikipedia
Every day in Italy is dedicated to a Saint but today August 10th is one of the more well known saints days. It is the Saints Day for San Lorenzo - Saint Lawrence who died on this date in Rome on this day in 258 having been born in Hispania, now Spain in 225.
According to Wikipedia he is one of the more popular Italian Saints his name is now connected with the meteoroid shower, or shooting stars that should hopefully be visible in the night sky on or around this date. The shower is often known as 'The Tears of Saint Lawrence'
History says that he was grilled to death hence the connection as the patron saint of butchers, cooks and chefs. Wikipedia also says that he is the patron of librarians, having worked in this profession myself this came as a surprise!
The Perseid Meteor Shower has been watched for over two thousand years and is generally visible from mid July each year reaching a peak of activity between August 9th and the 14th. This year apparently is a good one for viewing due to the moon still being in its first quarter. The best time to view is the few hours just before dawn, so I doubt I will be lucky enough to see any but my eyes will certainly be raised skywards this evening.
All over Italy this evening and for the next few nights people will be watching the night sky in the hope of seeing a falling star as the Italians also call this night La Notte dei Desideri - The Night of Wishes. Romantics that they are they will wish upon a falling star, originally in memory of Saint Lawrence.
Photo from(Ansa)courtsey of Corriere della Sera.
For those of you that can read in Italian, or maybe are even interested enough to use a Translation service there is an article published in today's Corriere della Sera La Luna aiuta la notte di S.Lorenzo about this special day.