Feast of St Barbara

Today is the Feast of St Barbara, a couple of years ago our family added a new tradition. This tradition was introduced to us by my friend A, whose family originates from a little Italian village Zolli in the Avellino Province of Italy. Every year the children are excited to make, smash and eat our tower.


We make a chocolate tower that represents the tower that St Barbara was imprisoned in, inside are red and white lollies that represent her martyrdom and purity. We made our tower from a large family block of Cadbury. Then we melted cooking chocolate over a saucepan of boiling water and used it to ‘glue’ the sides together.

Carpenter decided to be a little more creative this time and designed a tower roof with some extra pieces of chocolate. Fortunately Einstein reminded us to fill the tower with the lollies before we laid the roof.

Then we waited patiently;) until PC was home so we could knock down our ‘pinata’ whilst blindfolded, and of course the ‘rubble’ was eaten.

See Jenn for further links of other traditions and activities.
And our photos from last year, which show a slightly different design.

5 thoughts on “Feast of St Barbara

  • December 4, 2008 at 1:33 pm
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    That looks like an excellent tradition. Yum. 🙂

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  • December 4, 2008 at 10:17 pm
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    I wish we could do this — find some allergy free way. It’s such a lovely tradition! Thanks for the link, too, Erin!

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  • December 5, 2008 at 3:52 pm
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    This is just brilliant! We will definitely do this one next year. Everyone from the toddler to the teenager will love it.

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  • December 11, 2008 at 1:40 pm
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    Awesome! I missed it this year, traveling and all, but am writing a note right now for next year. Yum!

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