Happy New Year’s 2020 Eve traditions in Italy
On visiting any part of this beautiful country, you can find various Italian New Year customs.
Venice, Rome, Naples, and Florence are the places where many families celebrate New Year in traditional style. New Year celebrations are spread for three days. People held gatherings, special dinner, and exchange gifts during this period.
Italian New Year Traditions
The Romans prepare for the New Year celebrations with great excitement and joy. The New Year is known as ‘January Kalends.’ The preparations start with the decoration of houses and workplaces. Lights are adorned, and greenery is given much preference during the New Year Italian decorations.
Italian people wear new clothes and exchange gifts on these days. The awards play a very vital role in bringing fortune to homes. People are extra careful in choosing the right presents for their loved ones. The Italian New Year gift items that are considered very lucky sweets, honey jar, Gold, silver, money, coins, and lamps. Every gift denotes something extraordinary features, and this is the reason that Italian people love spreading their happiness by sharing these gifts.
Honey signifies sweetness and peace; Gold and other precious metals are to bring prosperity and lamps are to illuminate the year with light.
Another rich tradition in Italy on New Year is to wear red inner wears. It is auspicious to welcome the new beginning by ringing in ‘La Fiesta di San Silvestro’ which means – New Year’s Eve in Italy.
Italian New Year Lucky Foods
In Italy, food is given much upper hand while observing the Italian New Year customs. The customs vary from region to place, but some of the important items never change. Sweetbread or cake is clicked and served in most of the parts of Italy. This food item symbolizes prosperity and hope for the New Year.
Lentils are considered very lucky in Italy, and these are consumed with the New Year’s traditional meals. The black-eyed peas are considered fortune bringing food items. It symbolizes money, and since they are green, it is promising. Pork with fatty sausages signifies fattening wallets.
For special dinner as one of the significant Italian New Year traditions, different cuisines are prepared and enjoyed with all the family members. Here is the menu for Italian New Year meals –
- Appetizers – Pickled herring (you can opt for herring as a salad or with sour cream sauce)
- Black-eyed peas and ham (other option includes beef short ribs or sauerkraut)
- Coleslaw or you can go with cabbage salad
- In dessert, pig-shaped cookies, plain cake (with a coin baked in it), and other Greek cuisines are viral in the New Years Italian celebrations.
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