Giorni della Merla: Italy's legend of the blackbird and the last three days of January

Jan 25, 2023 315

One of Italy's best known legends in winter revolves around a bird and the last three days in January, a tradition known as i giorni della merla, or the Days of the Blackbird. According to tradition, if the days of 29, 30 and 31 January are particularly cold, the incoming spring should be warm and sunny and arrive early. If the contrary, spring will be late and rainy.

Legend has it that these final days of January are traditionally the coldest in the year, even though this is not supported by any scientific evidence. So where did this old Italian adage originate? There are various versions of the ancient tale, all of which involve the blackbird, la merla, and the last days of January.

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