The word " Christmas " means the mass of Christ and is the name for the Christian observance of the nativity of Jesus on 25 December.
Italian traditions Christmas informations Italy are based heavily on the religion of Christianity. Christmas starts eight days before Christmas and lasts till after the Feast of Epiphany.
Musical salutes are made at the shrine of the Virgin Mary and songs are played at the homes of carpenters in honor of St. Eight days before Christmas, a special Novena of prayers and church services begin.
It all ends on Christmas Day. They receive money to buy Christmas treats. In cities like Rome real shepherds sometimes carry out the performance. A strict fast is observed 24 hours before Christmas after which a meal with many dishes but no meat is served.
The traditional Christmas dinner, Cenone, is made up of spaghetti and anchovies, an assortment of fish, fresh broccoli, tossed salad, fruits, and sweets.
A Yule log, the Ceppo, is burned, and toasts in wine and wishes for the future are expressed. The Urn of Fate, an old Italian tradition, is a large ornamental bowl that holds wrapped gifts for members of the family.
When the family gets together, each member takes his turn at drawing a gift from the urn until all the presents are distributed. The presepio manger or crib represents in miniature the Holy Family in the stable and is the center of Christmas for families. Guests kneel before it and musicians sing before it.
The presepio figures are usually hand-carved and very detailed in features and dress. The scene is often set out in the shape of a triangle.
This is a wooden frame arranged to make a pyramid several feet high. Several tiers of thin shelves are supported by this frame. It is entirely decorated with colored paper, gilt pine cones, and miniature colored pennants.
Small candles are fastened to the tapering sides.
A star or small doll is hung at the apex of the triangular sides. The shelves above the manger scene have small gifts of fruit,candy, and presents.
The ceppo is in the old Tree of Light tradition which became the Christmas tree in other countries. Some houses even have a ceppo for each child in the family. Each tries to outdo the other by displaying the biggest presepio.
Children in Italy hang up their stockings on the Feast of the Epiphany, January 6. They celebrate the visit of the Three Kings to Bethlehem. Instead of Santa Claus, children are expecting Befana. She is a witch-like character who rides around on a broom. The legend is that the Three Wise Men, I re magi, stopped at Befana's hut to ask directions on their way to Bethlehem and asked her to join them.
She said no, she was too busy.
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Later a shepherd asked her to join him in paying respect to the Baby Jesus. Again, Befana said no. Later when it was dark and she saw a great light in the skies, she thought perhaps she should have gone with the Wise Men.
So, she gathered some toys that had belonged to her own baby, who had died, and ran to find the kings and the shepherd. But Befana could not find them or the stable. Now, each year she looks for the Christ Child. And each year since she can not find him, she leaves the gifts for the good children of Italy and pieces of charcoal for the bad ones.
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