Sunday, November 18, 2007

Federico Gets Baptized

It was my last weekend in Milan, I was fortunate enough to attend Stef's nephew Federico's baby baptism. The event started off at a church in downtown Sondrio, where a Sunday afternoon church service dedicated to baby baptisms was held. There were about 6 couples with new babies to be baptized in a Catholic ceremony. The pews were packed friends and family supporters. I didn't really know what was going on (it was all in Italian) but I did manage to admire the pretty sculptures in the church.

Here is the proud family and the little guest of honor in his mummy's arms.

After the ceremony, we headed over to a restaurant about 15 minutes drive away. We were a party of about 30, and a nice room with a warm fire had been reserved for us. There was of course lots of yummy things to eat...

We stuffed ourselves with appetizers of cheese, meats, octopus salad, smoked salmon, grilled vegetables, and even the Valtellinese specialty, sciat. These are actually bite-sized fried balls of cheese and they're good eaten fresh when the insides are warm and gooey. Then we were served huge slices of this delicious cake. I'm not sure what it's called, but it was a white cake drenched with some type of liquor syrup and topped with fresh whipped cream and profiteroles (cream puffs). It was not overly sweet and just really good.

After all that eating, it was time to do some vocal exercises. A friend pulled out his guitar and led the kids and adults in a fun sing-a-long. I didn't know the words to most of the songs so I was able to get away with just listening. Overall, it was just a nice warm gathering, perfect for celebrating little Federico's milestone.

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