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One of the trending series on Netflix, “Money Heist", is again gaining a lot of attention as its new season was released a few days back. But most importantly, netizens are once again going crazy over its theme song, “Bella Ciao".
Interestingly, this song holds a lot of significance with respect to history of Italy.
“Bella Ciao", meaning of which is “Goodbye, beautiful", is an anti-fascist resistance song, and was sung during the second world war. Since then, on every April 25, Italians celebrate Liberation Day, and gather together to chant "Bella Ciao" with their right hand kept on the heart.
It is believed that this song was sung when the fascist regime and Nazi occupation ended in the year 1945.
Interestingly, the original authors of “Bella Ciao" were the 19th-century mondine (weeders), who were female rice paddy field workers of the Po Valley, in the country's north east. They used to sing this song in order to show their harsh working conditions.
But, in the 1940s, an author whose identity is still a mystery, adapted the mondine's song for the Italian resistance movement, in which the song became the story of a young man who leaves his girlfriend or partner to join the partisan militia. Hence, for the young man for the last time says goodbye; therefore, the name of the song was put forward as “Bella Ciao".
Even today, it is interesting to see how this song has travelled all across the world calling out activists and revolutionaries.
Keywords: Bella Ciao, History, Italy, Revolution, Nazi, Money Heist