The 25th of March is the National Dante Day in Italy. It is a day to celebrate Dante Alighieri, the Florentine author of “La Divina Commedia”, written in the early 1300s.
March 25 was chosen because it is supposedly the date Dante begins his journey on foot to heaven in The Divine Comedy. At the time it was Holy Friday, March 25, 1300.
Italy is marking Dante Day with a series of events at schools and cultural institutions across the country celebrating the Supreme Poet.
These events will include “art tours, painting, vignettes, readings, social media series and tableaux vivants of the main cantos of the Comedy,” said the culture minister, who established Dante Day last year.
As we all know, Alighieri is a great symbol of Italian genius. In fact, his work helped to create and promote the Italian language.
Dante wrote what is considered to be one of the most important poems of the Middle Ages and the single greatest literary work written in the Italian language. He is part of the ‘tre corone’ or ‘three crowns’ of Italian literature, alongside Petrarch and Boccaccio.
Remembering him together will be a way to unite the country even more in this difficult time.