Christmas in Italy

11 de des. 2012, 0:18 publicada per Ignasi Pena Moré   [ actualitzat el 14 de des. 2012, 0:11 ]
For Italians, Christmas is a holiday that you have to go in the company of family, tasting the dishes '​​cenone' (dinner) and opening gifts 'Babbo Natale' (Noel's father)

 "Christmas with your family, Easter with whoever you want", this motto, well known in Italy,   explains the importance for the Italians to spend with their families the most important day of the year.

A tradition that Italians (especially in the south of the country) can not give, is to spend with your loved ones on Christmas Eve, December 24, when families gather to enjoy the famous "Christmas cenone" , dinner preceding midnight.


The "cenone" Italian has its rules, the first of which is to eat only fish. Remember that the menus are not the same in all Italian regions, but there are some dishes like fried vegetables (a Roman tradition), Tarts and fish salad to start with the entrees.

Speaking of Italy can not miss a pasta dish, the most typical are the pasta with tuna and tomato sauce, spaghetti with clams and other shellfish.

On the 25th you can eat meat. The main course is definitely the baked pasta, a timbale of pasta with tomato sauce, meat, mozzarella and parmigiano chips (cheese) above. A very popular meat dish is the arrosto, roast and roast beef.

Both the 24 and the 25 and the following days, no shortage of Christmas sweets.In Italy it is not Christmas if there is sweet! The most famous worldwide is the panettone (Christmas cake), traditional version of which was born in the city of Milan.


According to tradition, the Christmas tree appears in Italian households from December 8, the day of the celebration of the Immaculate, when families begin to prepare both the tree and the manger.

Put the manger is a cherished tradition in the country, the Italians are always looking to give a personal touch to the crib in your home riding.

One of the stalls most famous is that of Greccio, a small town near Rome, where St. Francis of Assisi introduced the first live nativity scene in 1223.

Tree and manger stay in Italian houses until Epiphany, January 6, the feast called "Epiphany" or better known as the "Befana".

Children look to the "Befana", an old woman flying on a broom and goes down chimneys to leave sweets and gifts for everyone. All but those who have been good, for them the "Befana" will only coal (sweet, of course).

Italian children, as worldwide, are the most use of these holidays. In the city of Rome has a strong tradition and loved by the Romans, which is to bring children from the famous "Bambinillo" so they can devote his letters and poems. We are talking about the statue of the Holy Child, kept in the church of Santa Maria in Ara Coeli, next to the "Campidoglio" (seat of the City of Rome, next to Piazza Venezia), which according to legend would have miraculous powers and against which the smaller tail made ​​to read their works and ask for protection and blessings for their families.

The most anticipated moment yet for every child is Christmas Eve, when it "Babbo Natale" (the Italian name of Santa Claus) to be brought unwanted gifts all year round.

Many adults like to dress Italian Babbo Natale. To play this legendary character this year in a city in central Italy will take after a course to be a perfect "Babbo Natale", will be awarded at the end of the year the Babbo Natale.

                                                                                              Author: Martí Grau 2nd Course.