Happy (Venetian) New Year!

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Above: Carpaccio’s Lion of Saint Mark, 1516 (via the Wiki).

During the era of the Most Serene Republic of Venice (697-1797), the new year was not observed on January 1 as it is today.

In Venice and throughout its republic, the New Year was celebrated on March 1, a tradition that dates back to ancient Rome.

Today, the observance is called the more veneto (Latin for according to Veneto custom) and is still celebrated in the provinces of Vicenza, Padua, and Treviso (where the Bele Casel winery is located).

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