April 5th National Deep-Dish Pizza Day
It was probably not the Italians that invented the pizza. History shows us it was the Greeks, actually Greek soldiers. Byzantine Greek’s calls pizza, “nita”, meaning “pie. The Romans added Bay Leaves and certainly advanced the world’s knowledge of pizza.
Though it probably was here in America before 1905, the first official pizza was sold that year. Since then (According to 1997 statistics) 2 billion pounds of pizza are made a year.
How to celebrate – Have a pizza. Create your own style of pizza. Re-enact being a Greek soldier.
The Middle Ages were no doubt a difficult time to live in. It was a time of crusades, dark thoughts and feudalism. Kings and Queens ruled through strength and ruthlessness – dealt to both friend and foe alike. On May 29th, 1453 that all came to an end. Well maybe not over night but at least things started to change. Battles began to subside.
And a Knights place in society began to disappear.
Why did all of this happen? Because Constantinople fell to the Ottoman Empire.
With the Byzantine Empire now crushed, the Greeks that resided there since early in the Roman Empire days left, scattering across Europe. With these scholars and artists an entire new movement spread where ever the Greeks went.
A new era had begun, the Renaissance. Art became more important than battles. Saving people was more valuable than slaughtering them. Education began to feed more than the feudal system ever did.
Kings and Queens still ruled nations but the people began to have a voice. It was an Age of Enlightenment that in a sense, started the world all over once again.
How to celebrate: Study the Renaissance. Go to an exhibit of Renaissance art. Imagine yourself a King or Queen and trying to serve them instead of them serving you. Find a Renaissance fair to participate in.