St Barbara’s Tower

For several years now we have enjoyed observing the Feast of St Barbara with a chocolate tower and red and white lollies.  A custom from the Italian village of Zolli in the Avelino Province of Italy.  St Barbara was imprisoned in a tower and the lollies remind us of her purity and martyrdom.

This year Carpenter and Michelangelo took over the design and construction and erected a different style to previous years.

Our children eagerly anticipate this Feast each Advent. Then who could resist a chocolate piñata?:)

An opportunity to eat plenty of chocolate and lollies:) (Ah, yes, I fudged this year and bought only red lollies.)

5 thoughts on “St Barbara’s Tower

  • December 7, 2011 at 10:25 pm


    Did I hear that the story of Rapunzel was based (loosely) on the story of St Barbara? I seem to remember reading something on a blog when the movie "Tangled" was released.

    I love your chocolate tower!

  • December 10, 2011 at 6:55 am

    OH YUMMY.. now thats a tower!!!

  • December 12, 2011 at 7:00 pm

    Thanks:) I didn't know that!

    It truly was:)

  • December 13, 2011 at 12:04 am

    Yeah. Now that's cool! (Not very Reformed Presbyterian though, alas…) Off to google St Barbara now.


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