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Buon Anno a tutti !

Jan 5th, 2010 | By | Category: Our Blog

Wishing everyone a “HAPPY NEW YEAR”

Tempus fugit…..a decade since the millenium, incredible.  Let us hope the next decade will bring forth much hope for all, peace and happiness.

I thought I would write about New Year celebrations in Italy which carry on until 6 January.   La Festa di San Silvestro is celebrated December 31 on New Year’s Eve. As with most Italian festivals, food plays a major role. Families and friends get together for a huge feast. The star of the dinner is lentils,  symbolizing money and good fortune for the coming year. Traditionally, the dinner in many parts of Italy also includes a cotechino, a large spiced sausage, or a zampone, stuffed pig’s trotter. The pork symbolizes the richness of life in the coming year.

Fireworks and Dancing

We celebrated the New Year in our wonderful medieval town of Todi, Umbria and was certainly a fantastic event.    Great music until 2 am,  dancing and spectacular fireworks were the entertainment for the evening, even better that all this is free.   There was even a ferris wheel and carousel for children in the piazza from December 1st.  Midnight struck and prosecco corks flew in the air like bullets and was a fine sight.

Generally speaking huge midnight fireworks displays celebrate the coming of the new year. Most towns have public displays in a central square but private parties will also include firecrackers or sparklers, too, and will continue for a long time. Naples is known for having one of the best and biggest New Year’s fireworks displays in Italy. Some smaller towns build a bonfire in the central square where villagers will congregate into the early morning. If you’re near the coast, lake, or river you will hear boats and ships blowing their horns.

Dancing is also popular and many towns have public music and dancing before the fireworks. Rome, Milan, Bologna, Palermo and Naples put on huge popular outdoor shows with pop and rock bands. These events can sometimes be seen on television, too.

More New Year’s Eve Traditions in Italy

The New Year is  celebrated with spumante or prosecco, Italian sparkling wine. New Years parties, whether public or private, will often last until sunrise in order to watch the first sunrise of the newborn year.

An old custom that is still followed in some places, especially in the south, is throwing your old things out the window to symbolize your readiness to accept the New Year. So, keep an eye out for falling objects if you’re walking around near midnight!   Also, simply red is worn (underwear) which, it is said, will bring luck for the new year.

New Year celebrations are certainly stylish in Italy, festive spirit is endless and if you should get a chance to spend Christmas or New Year in Italy, you will certainly enjoy and will be a wonderful memory.

Again, sending you my very best wishes for 2010 and I hope to bring you lots of interesting properties for sale and luxurious rentals plus many interestiong articles in the various beautiful regions across Italy.

Ciao, a presto

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