Merry Christmas in Italian: Buon Natale. Tourists visiting Italy at this time notice that there are few streets lit and decorated for Christmas in like other countries.
In Rome, it is typical that hundreds of children the Sunday before the holidays carry their statuette of the baby Jesus, which is then placed in the manger of the square of St. Peter so that the Pope blesses them during the rest of the Angelus.
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Merry Christmas: Buon Natale
Of all countries, Italy is one of the largest variety of traditions offered by these dates. If at Christmas they follow the same customs as the rest of the world, in regards to the end of the year celebrations, they could well win the first prize in an originality contest. The way the Italians live these days is reflected in the next saying “Natale con I Tuoi, Easter with chi Vuoi” (Christmas with your family, Easter with whomever you want).
But in addition to these striking customs, Italy has always been the country in Europe that uses the most fireworks during the holidays. That tradition was inherited from Marco Polo, who upon arriving in ancient China, met the invention of gunpowder and discovered that mixing it with some coloring substances could be used as an element of celebration on different occasions.
On the 24th, the “Vigilia di Natale” parties begin with the traditional “Cenone” (great dinner). On the 25th, it is also celebrated with meals, visits to family members and meetings with friends, gifts are also exchanged. The Christmas Eve dinner or “Cenone” begins with the antipasti, some hors d’oeuvres that are followed by spaghetti with clams, fish, vegetables, fresh fruit, and nougat.
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Posted by Daily News Gallery on Friday, December 13, 2019