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Christmas in Italy

Christmas in Italy is completely based on the religion of Christianity. In Italy, Christmas celebration starts eight days before Christmas and lasts till after the Feast of Epiphany.
 
At the shrine of the Virgin Mary musical salutes are made and songs are played at the homes of carpenters in honor of St. Joseph. Eight days before Christmas, a special Novena of prayer is held and church services begin with that.

On December 23rd children dressed as shepherds with sandals, leggings tied with crossing thongs, and wearing shepherds hats, go from house to house playing songs on shepherds pipes and giving recitations.

They also receive money to buy Christmas treats. In Rome real shepherds sometimes carry out the performances also. A strict fast is observed 24 hours before Christmas after which ends up with a meal composed of many dishes but without meat is served. The traditional Christmas dinner is known as Cenone which is made up of spaghetti and anchovies, a mixture of fish, fresh broccoli, tossed salad, fruits, and sweets.

Christmas Holiday in Italy

Christmas holiday in Italy can be a great fun as Italy possesses a rich culture, beautiful Christmas markets and fascinating tradition rich sights. Christmas is truly a magical time in Italy. Christmas markets take place from late November through Christmas Eve or the Feast of the Epiphany that occurs on January 6th, in cities throughout the country.

In spectacularly decorated Country you enjoy holiday music, lively street entertainments, and traditional tastes of the season. It should be noted here that La Befana, not Santa Claus, traditionally delivers gifts to Italian children, on January 6th. If you're traveling with children then you should look for La Befana, the benevolent witch who delivers presents to Italian children on the Feast of the Epiphany. You can also visit many other beautiful cities like Rome, Venice, Bolzano, and Florence.