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"Dantedì": Italy celebrates Dante Memorial Day on March 25th


ZEIT ONLINE | News, backgrounds and debates

Rome (AP) - Italy honors its national poet Dante Alighieri (1265-1321) with a commemoration day. The Council of Ministers decided on Friday 25 March to make “Dantedì”. In the future, the Ministry of Culture in Rome announced that many initiatives - especially in schools, universities and cultural institutions - should be remembered about the poet every year.

In his great verse episode "The Divine Comedy", Dante described a hike through the three realms of the hereafter: hell, purgatory and paradise. It begins on Good Friday in 1300 and lasts for a week. Scientists have agreed that the starting date of the trip is March 25th.

The “Divine Comedy” is one of the most important works in world literature. She made Italian the literary language and helped shape Europe's thinking and imagination. "Dante reminds us of many things that we have in common: Dante is the unity of the country, Dante is the Italian language, Dante is the idea of ​​Italy itself," said Minister of Culture Dario Franceschini.

The «Dantedì», which has been under discussion for some time, is reminiscent of the «Bloomsday» (June 16), on which literary fans commemorate the Irish writer James Joyce (1882-1941). In his main work "Ulysses" novel hero Leopold Bloom roamed Dublin for a day on June 16, 1904.

Ministerial Council decisions of 17 January

Source: zeit

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