All New Year celebration in Italy

All New Year celebration in Italy

The celebration of the New Year in Italy is largely reminded of his meeting in Russia, but still possesses its national specificity. Perhaps the most original for the Russian man are the traditions of the Italians concerning the formation of a festive menu, as well as the desire of citizens to throw out old things on New Year’s Eve straight from the windows.


New Year in Italy, as in most of the world, celebrate on the night of December 31 on January 1. In fact, Everything happens according to the usual scheme: the celebration of the feasts begins, which last from 21: 00 and until midnight, then the Italians exchange gifts and go to the main squares of the cities to watch numerous salutes. Young people make this holiday not always in an “acceptable” style, and therefore for them quite ordinary are pouring from bottles of champagne on urban streets, preventing others, and blasting Petard.

Interesting and the fact that when the inhabitants of Italy are celebrating in the fresh air, they necessarily adorn the famous Venetian lions with cute caps and cotton wands.

I must say that the Italian New Year is often called the “head of the year” or dinner of the Sylvester. Unlike Christmas, the holiday is not a family, and therefore it is often met with friends in restaurants, cafes and other public places. In Rome, the city’s symbol of the New Year holiday becomes folk square, where crowds of residents are always going. It is here that the whole evening are creative teams, entertaining the people by songs and dancing, and after midnight the fireworks explode in the sky. The main tree of the country is located on St. Peter’s Square.

Festive table

“Edible” part of the celebration in Italy starts somewhere 3 hours before the new year on the occurrence of the new year and continues until midnight. On this day, only those dishes are prepared that symbolize well-being and prosperity, including financial. Italians eat lentils, the round grains of which resemble coins, as well as pork. Quite often, the wonings of the old year occur in the company of pork feet dishes, and the new year is celebrated, giving pork head. On the table is necessarily present Dzampon – the skin of pork legs stained with spices meat, as well as Kotkino – home pork sausage.

Italian festive cuisine does not imply the use of chicken or other birds, since the eating of this type of meat will lead to the fact that the next year will be filled with small troubles and slurnesses.

On the festive table on New Year’s Eve, you can also find a traditional Italian pasta with seafood, sweet cupcake with candies and dried fruits, something resembling Easter cake, as well as an abundance of fresh fruits. Homemade cappelleti is popular – miniature dumplings in the form of a triangle, started with cheese or meat. The Italians put on the table and turkey, and smoked salmon, and almond piers – in general, the choice is quite extensive. For a family couple, a good sign is considered to be eaten at midnight – a symbol of loyalty, and all the rest under the battle of the chimes is recommended to eat 12 ripe grapes, accompanying it by riddling of desire.

The traditional drink of the new year is local wine. Many Italians believe that in order to attract good luck, it is necessary to place 13 different dishes on the table.

Traditions and customs

Italians spend New Year’s Eve noisy and with great scope. Many are waiting for midnight on the squares of the city, where the champagne boils off and congratulate the surrounding. Some particularly thought out citizens visit such events only with an umbrella capable of protecting from abundant spray of alcoholic beverage. Quite often Italians dress on celebration traditional clothes of red shade. In principle, it is enough for such a color at least one element of the image, even underwear, so that next year his owner accompanied luck.

The most famous tradition of the inhabitants of Italy is that in the New Year’s Eve they prefer to throw out “taught their” things. Old clothes, dishes, appliances and even furniture fly straight out of windows, so pedestrians at this time need to be particularly attentive. Italians believe that if on New Year’s Eve it turns out to get rid of all extra rubbish, then the next year will be filled with happiness and good luck. In the Italian province on the first day of the New Year, even before sunrise, it is necessary to have time to deliver to the house “new water”, obtained directly from the source. By the way, it is this liquid that it is customary to give your friends in the company with an olive branch.

More to the residents of Italy is extremely important whom they will meet in the coming year. If this is a humpback grandfather, then the year will be successful, but the monk or priest will rather fail.

It is necessary to add that the New Year holidays in Italian schools last from about December 21 to January 6, although the exact numbers depend on the regions. To the official weekend, when adults and children are resting and belonging to December 25 and 26, as well as 1 and 6 January.

Decorations and gifts

From late November, Italian cities are filled with traditional festive decorations. In the houses, on the squares and in public spaces, decorated Christmas trees are installed, lights are lit everywhere, and the balconies and windows are made up with satin ribbons and real spruce branches. Window Sills Apartments To attract good luck are often covered with coins and lit candles. On New Year’s Eve Italians give each other small pleasant souvenirs. Also at this time, it is customary to present water with olive branches, and especially close people – laundry of red, symbolizing success.

Among traditional gifts for the new year there are sweets, honey, gold and silver ornaments, money, lamps and coins. The potted pot with a sweet substance will bring sweetness and coming 12 months, and the sympathetic lamp “will light up” in good. Gold and other precious materials give home prosperity. If the Italian decides for a holiday to make a gift to himself, he is most likely to buy new red clothes.

Children Babbo Natal – a relative of Santa Claus and Santa Claus – brings gifts, but not January 1 and not December 25, but only January 6. Accompanies his fairy of Befana – an analogue of Russian Snow Maiden, reminiscent, rather, Babu Yagu, which is just responsible for bringing a gift. If the child behaved well the entire previous year, he will receive what he wanted, and if he is bad, will detect only an area in the festive stocking.

Gifts The colorful duo brings so late, because it is by January 6 “children usually end all New Year and Christmas surprises.

Even more about the celebration of the New Year in Italy, see the following video.

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