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Italian Twins Celebrate ‘200th Birthday’ With 50 Grandkids, Great-Grandchildren

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Last Updated: January 27, 2023, 10:45 IST

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A photo of Francesca, Maria Ricciardi celebrating their birthday. (Image source: Twitter)

A photo of Francesca, Maria Ricciardi celebrating their birthday. (Image source: Twitter)

“With the life we had, we could not have possibly imagined that we’d live to be 100 years old,” said Francesca.

Twin sisters from Italy, named Francesca and Maria Ricciardi, are grabbing the internet’s attention for all the right reasons. The elderlies are the talk of the town as they recently celebrated their ‘200th’ birthday. Yes, you read that right. Born on January 23 in 1923, Francesca and Maria Ricciardi marked their 100th birthday last week. To make the day extra special, they doubled up their ages and celebrated the 23rd of this month as their ‘200th’ birthday, reported Reuters. On their official Twitter account, the news agency shared a video of the centenarians celebrating their birthday with their 50 children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. The twin sisters are seen sitting before delicious birthday cakes as their family members cheer and clap for them. The cakes were shaped as the number 200 and were decorated with white icing, as well as pink and white flowers.

Asked about celebrating her special day with her family, Francesca Ricciardi says in the clip, “We have 50 grandchildren.” On whether she ever imagined she would live so long, the woman added, “I didn’t think so.”

As per a report by news publication America Domani, the family members of Francesca and Maria Ricciardi came from the United States to attend the birthdays of the centenarians. “It is God’s gift to live until this age. With the life we had, we could not have possibly imagined that we’d live to be 100 years old,” Francesca Ricciardi was quoted as saying by the publication.

The news agency shared the video on Twitter and wrote: “Italian twins Francesca and Maria Ricciardi are celebrating their ‘200th’ birthday with 50 grandchildren and great-grandchildren.” Take a look:

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Francesca and Maria Ricciardi celebrating their ‘200th’ birthday thrilled the Internet. “Have they found the secret potion? Because it’s simply amazing. Maybe it has something to do with their genes or their healthy lifestyle,” wrote one user while another commented, “I can not believe it but it is true.” For a user, it was heartwarming news. His comment read: “This has warmed my heart on a very cold January morning.”

Francesca and Maria Ricciardi have celebrated their 100th birthday this month but as per Guinness World Records, Spanish woman Maria Branyas Morera is the oldest person living. She will soon celebrate her 116th birthday on March 4, 1907.

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first published:January 27, 2023, 10:41 IST
last updated:January 27, 2023, 10:45 IST