How do we celebrate New Year in Italy? Do we eat as much as on Christmas day? Do we have particular traditions? Read the following text called Capodanno in Italia to find out all the answers!

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Here we are. Even this year is coming to an end, and preparations are underway to celebrate the New Year. The first day of the year is a day during which we usually take some time to reflect and take stock of the year, thinking about how much positive and negative has happened during it, identifying what to keep and what to throw away, and making good New Year’s resolutions.

I believe this happens to everyone all over the world. But before January 1st, there is an evening, a whole night during which to celebrate. I’m talking about the famous New Year’s Eve, the night of December 31st.

What are the traditions that cannot miss?

The San Silvestro’s night is a night dedicated to fun and joy and because we are in Italy, a night dedicated to good food. Speaking of food, whether Italians go to restaurants or decide to stay at home, whether they spend the night with their family or friends, the tradition says to have a Cenone, which means “big dinner”. As you can see from the name, this dinner is richer than the one we usually eat.

The highlight of the dinner is a dish that is said to bring good luck: cotechino with lentils. These two foods must be eaten rigorously together since the first one brings health, and the second brings money. So, to start the year in the best way, to wish a year full of health and prosperity, all Italians, at least those who are not vegans or vegetarians, follow the tradition. In many places, instead of eating the cotechino, people prefer Zampone, another delicacy even based on pork.

The night between December 31st and January 1st, we eat, chat, and play, waiting for midnight. And at the stroke of midnight, we exchange wishes, and we drink a good glass of sparkling wine, strictly Italian, to continue celebrating.

Something red

In Italy there is a tradition that goes back even to the Romans: on December 31st, everyone must wear something red. Whether it’s the underwear, a shirt, or just a detail like a hair clip, everyone must have something red.

This color has strong symbolic power, as it represents power, fertility, health and wealth.

Read this text in Italian.

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