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The Most unusual customs and traditions in Italy


For millennia, the Apennines was inhabited by various peoples who have contributed to the formation of the local culture, making the usages of modern Italy represents an unusual blend of various ethnic traditions concerning the family, religion, holidays, and other spheres of life of the Italians. Although some of the customs and traditions of Italy seem funny, and sometimes strange, to see them worth it, at least to not get in case of a jam.

Holiday traditions in Italy

Italians love festivals and celebrate them with fun and relaxed, trying not to deviate from tradition. For example, Christmas is always celebrated with family and Easter with friends. There is even an Italian proverb – “Christmas closer to relatives, Easter can on the side.” For the Easter buffet prepares traditional dishes and each region is different. Lazio will certainly roast the lamb with guts, in Emilia Romagna cook green lasagna, and bake in the Campaign sweet Neapolitan flatbread. Of course, there are Easter meals, spread throughout Italy is casatiello (pie with sausage, eggs and cheese), pastiera (cake with ricotta and wheat) and Colomba (sweet bread in the shape of a dove).

On Easter Monday the Italians arrange great family outings

But on Easter Monday all satisfied with large family picnics, the picnic will take place in any weather, even if it’s raining cats pouring rain. On this day also arrange all sorts of games related to skating eggs, and in Panicale instead of egg roll head cheese.

New year in Italy is traditionally meet on the street, where the noisy festivities. But before heading out to celebrate, observe new year customs and traditions in Italy they are quite unusual. Besides well-known Italian tradition to throw out the window unnecessary things, there is a custom to beat the dishes in the new year’s eve – it is believed that this action helps to get rid of all grudges and negative energy accumulated over the year.

Culinary Christmas traditions of Italy require that on the festive table was a dish of lentils – the more, the richer and more prosperous the coming year will be. In some regions it is considered obligatory to eat a chiming clock twelve grapes, which symbolize the 12 months of the coming year – the grapes supposedly brings good luck. In Rome believe that happy in the coming year will be the one who new year’s eve jump off the bridge into the waters of the Tiber. In Naples on New year’s suit especially noisy fireworks and long – Neapolitans believe that the loud explosions of firecrackers and fireworks can scare off evil spirits.

On Easter Monday the Italians arrange all sorts of games

Family traditions in Italy

The main value for any Italian – his family, and the main treasure of every family are children. Children here are very spoiled, they are proud of, admire, enjoy each of their act and almost nothing is forbidden. Parents, wherever they went – to Church, theater, restaurant or on a holiday, – will certainly take their children with them. Kindergartens in Italy is not fashionable – small children usually do grandparents or non-working mother.

The main value for any Italian – his family

You should know that to ask the Italians about the progress of their children is not desirable – they are very superstitious and believe that nor to brag about their offspring, nor to complain about their health unfamiliar people.

Italian men are very attached to their family, they often pay more attention to mother, father, sisters and brothers, rather than spouse that really do not like Italian women. However, Italians are considered the most independent and emancipated in Europe, their power extends not only to the household chores, but also on the social life of the family.

The Italians are very superstitious, especially when it comes to marriage. Customs of Italy not recommended to marry in may, because all know that this month there is one unfortunate day, but no one knows what it is! Also it is undesirable to marry on Friday, but Monday and Tuesday are the most lucky days for wedding. The family soon had children, after the wedding ceremony the groom must give the bride a wheat spikelet, and to avoid strife with the mother-in-law of the bride gives the groom’s mother olive branch.

Interestingly, the tradition of throwing the bride’s bouquet in the direction of single friends, was born in Italy. Initially, the bouquet consisted of flowers of the orange tree, symbolizing joy and prosperity, as well as promising an early marriage.

Monday and Tuesday are considered in Italy the most successful days for wedding

The tradition of communicating in Italy

Almost all Italians, regardless of region of residence, perfectly familiar with the rules of etiquette. This is reflected in the behavior of the table, the ability to dress neatly and, as appropriate, and respect for elders and warning – to the ladies. When meeting name will certainly add specialty or profession, probably to denote social status.

When you enter the store you must say a greeting, and leaving be sure to say goodbye – you will find lovely and well-mannered, even if you did not buy it.

Expressive Italians talking loudly, desperately gesticulating during conversation – this is quite acceptable, as are some unusual tradition of kissing and hugging in public, and kissing and cuddling occur not only between persons of different sexes. Do not be afraid and touching during conversation to cuddle companion shoulder or to hold the hand of another cute custom in Italy.

Italian men are very attentive to all the members of his family