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Category Archives: Events in Italy

Celebrations and Festivals in Italy

Italy celebrates festivals all year long. Here are some highlights of some of the most important and interesting celebrations and festivals in Italy, including ones with specific dates for 2013. January January 6 La Befana Befana ( celebrated on the feast of the Epiphany) marks the end of the long christmas holiday celebrations in Italy. La Befana has a very long history in Italy. She rides a broomstick, wears a black shawl, and is dirty from tumbling down chimneys. Her prevalence has much to do with being the purveyor of gifts. On the Eve of Epiphany (January 5) she flies around and fills children’s socks with candy if they were good or a lump of coal if they were bad. Saldi Early January The Sales in Italy are tightly regulated and only happen twice a year, in January and July. The dates vary depending on the region but generally start [...]

Easter in Italy – Buona Pasqua!

When it comes to spending Easter in Italy, it’s hard to know where to begin describing the multitude of celebrations that come with the holiday. The traditions of Italy are amongst the most important in the lives of many Italians. In the week leading up to the Easter or Pasqua celebrations, women start preparing the traditional specialties while towns and parishes put the finishing touches on their plans for commemorating Good Friday. Good Friday is a special day in Italy Processions are common on Good Friday. In Chieti, in the region of Abruzzi, men and children parade through the torch-lit streets of the town, each wearing the colors of their home parish. Those in the procession carry symbols that characterize the Stations of the Cross; one individual carries a large wooden cross. The procession is accompanied by the haunting sounds of about 150 violins playing Miserere by Italian composer Savario [...]

Easter in Italy, or The Passion of Italy

When it comes to Easter, or Pasqua, in Italy, it’s hard to know where to begin describing the multitude of celebrations that come with the holiday, one of the most important to many Italians. This week, women start preparing specialties while towns and parishes put the finishing touches on their plans for commemorating Good Friday. Processions are common on Good Friday. In Chieti, in the Abruzzi region, men and children parade through the torch-lit streets of the town, each wearing the colors of their home parish. They carry symbols that characterize the Stations of the Cross; one individual carries a large wooden cross. The procession is accompanied by the haunting sounds of about 150 violins playing Miserere by Italian composer Savario Selecchy. In the Sicilian town of Enna, as many as 2,000 hooded men walk the streets carrying Vare, religious statues of the dead Christ and his mother, Mary. Others [...]