What makes an Italian Christmas?

Dec 22, 2015 1175

An Italian Christmas in 2015 is a mixture of centuries-old regional traditions and more modern touches, often with a slight American influence. But at the heart of the holiday for most Italians is the idea of celebrating the birth of Jesus, and doing so with family. The Feast of the Seven Fishes, or cenone (literally 'big dinner') as it is known, is a meal shared on Christmas Eve and celebrates the wait for the birth of Jesus.

Traditionally, Catholics abstain from eating meat in the 24 hours leading up to Christmas day, hence the reference to fish. "The most important thing is eating dinner all together as a family," 22-year-old student Federica Bilecci told us. After the meal, many Italians head off to midnight mass.

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Source: http://www.thelocal.it/

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