Lets discover the Christmas traditions in Italy together!
IN ITALY CHRISTMAS IS A VERY HAPPY FESTIVITY. IN DECEMBER PEOPLE START DECORATING THEIR HOUSES. FROM THE 22 ND STUDENTS HAVE TWO WEEKS OFF FROM SCHOOL AND THEY SPEND MORE TIME WITH THEIR PARENTS. DURING CHRISTMAS EVES NIGHT PEOPLE GO TO CHURCH. ON THE 25 TH FAMILIES MEET AND CELEBRATE CHRISTMAS TOGETHER. IN THE MORNING CHILDREN OPEN PRESENTS BROUGHT BY FATHER CHRISTMAS. THEN THEY HAVE CHRISTMAS LUNCH WITH THEIR RELATIVES AND GRANDPARENTS. IN THE AFTERNOON THEY OPEN THEIR PRESENTS.
THE CHRISTMAS LUNCH IS ALWAYS VERY RICH AND HEARTY. TYPICAL ITALIAN FOOD TYPICAL CHRISTMAS DISHES ARE: TORTELLINI WITH BROTH, BOILED AND ROASTED MEAT, MILAN CAKE PANETTONE, PANDORO, A TRADITIONAL CAKE FROM VERONA AND TORRONE, MADE WITH HONEY AND ALMONDS. Panettone Torrone Tortellini Pandoro
AT THE END OF THE CHRISTMAS LUNCH, ITALIANS USUALLY DRINK SPARKLING WHITE WINE TO WISH MERRY CHRISTMAS. AFTER LUNCH PEOPLE OFTEN PLAY BINGO.
CICERCHIATA is a large compound doughnut pasting with a particular syrup many fried dough balls.These balls, similar to chick peas, are made with flour, eggs, sugar and roasted almonds. Syrup is made with honey, chocolate and cocoa. Small pieces of candied fruit can be added.
i People usually decorate their houses at Christmas. They put up a Christmas tree and a crib. Most people start putting up decorations on the 8 th of December.
The most popular Christmas decorations are: balls, lights and garlands hanging on the Christmas Tree; lights hanging on balconies; wreaths placed on doors; pictures and puppets representing Father Christmas with reindeers and presents.
On the 6° of January traditionally Magi went to visit little Jesus. This day is called Epiphany.
Befana is an old woman dressed in rags. She is quite ugly, but her heart is full of love for all the children. In January, during the night between the 5 th and the 6 th, she goes to every house with a bag full of sweets and little presents, to remind the gifts given bt the three Wise Men to Jesus. Riding her broom, she flies over the roofs and she goes into the chimneys to fill the stockings that children hang up on the fireplaces. Some children write a letter to the Befana to ask her some presents. If they are good, they will receive little gifts and candies, otherwise they will only get ashes and coal!