The first the time I heard this or rather saw it on a text message I thought it was a typo, but it’s an actual fiera (a fair) held on the 7th of December, the day for St. Ambrogio (St. Ambrose) the patron saint of Milan.
Studying at a university located near the basilica of St. Ambrogio I couldn’t resist writing something about this fair and my experience this year.
Every year on the 7th of December, Milan celebrates its patron saint with a fair called “Oh bej Oh bej” pronounced as O-bay O-bay which means “Oh so nice! Oh so nice!” The fair is held at the Piazza Castello near the Sforza castle and goes on for the next 2-3 days.The opening of the opera season at the Scala also coincides during these days.
This year there were many stalls selling various types of handicrafts from leather purses and artisan jewelery to metal puzzles and diverse delicacies ranging from Sicilian cannoli to roasted chest nuts, they even had a stall that sold different types of American jelly beans, quite spiffy right?
At the end of the day, even with the plummeting economy what I enjoyed the most were the smiles on the faces of kids and adults at the fair. Seeing these people merry and the air of festivity instantly got me cheery too.
You know what they say, your smile can lighten up someone’s day and this time, thatsomebody was me 🙂