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Saturday & Sunday Word: Gattara & Sukkah

gat·ta·ra [gɒtˈtɑːrə]:
origin: Italian gatto= "cat" and nutrire= "to feed" (masculine: gattaro, plural: gattare)

"Crazy cat lady" in Italian, or more specifically an old woman who feeds stray felines; some may go so far as to inquire with local restaurants & butchers for leftover scraps to give, if not purchasing products from their own pockets.

In Rome, "Gattaras" are encouraged to register the colonies they look after with municipal authorities. They have rights and duties. Apartment complexes are expected to work out how to handle any colony, assigning multiple people if necessary. Communal school kitchens will hand out food for cat colonies as the animals are frequently considered useful and part of the flavor or personality of the their neighborhoods.

The actress Anna Magnani & opera star Silvia Viviani were gattare too! Here is an insightful article focusing specifically on this social dynamic within Rome: Among the Cat People; some speculate that the tradition is ancient and dates well back to the Romans encountering and conquering Egypt, where cats were worshipped as divinities.

suk·kah [suːkˈkɑː]:
origin: Hebrew, סוכה= "booth"

The way in which people worship is vast, in addition to being a way to seek God or enlightenment, these rituals are also uniquely tied to a people's culture and history -- connecting one generation to the next, sometimes for thousands of years.

The Sukkah is just such an object, named after the Jewish festival of Sukkot, which acknowledges Israelites being freed from slavery in Egypt followed by God providing shelter thereafter (detailed in The Book of Vayikra or Leviticus). It is a kind of temporary hut, decorated with nature, built for the celebration -- currently running: Wednesday, September 18, 2013 ending the evening of Wednesday, September 25, 2013. One can take visitors, meals, study, and may even sleep in the sukkah (weather permitting) as a way to observe ancient pilgrimages.

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