Thank you all for your great info on how you spend Christmas and for the dance films! See you soon. Gillian
Christmas is the Christian festivity that celebrates Jesus’s birth: in Italy it is celebrated on the 25 of December, the preparation however begins before. As all the solemnities Christmas has a great duration in comparison to the other days of the liturgical calendar and begins in fact with the evenings of the eve. On 24th December the family gathers him for the dinner; at eleven o’clock they go to the Church for “midnight’s mass”. After the mass people can finally open the gifts of Christmas that, according to the tradition, have been deposed under the Christmas Tree. Furthermore, at the beginning of December the greatest part of the families prepare the crib and they decorate the Christmas Tree. This is a fir decorated with small colored objects, little balls, lights, festoons, candies, tassels, small bells, small packaged gifts and the star comet at the top. At Christmas family is reunited again. The Christmas lunch involves many dishes like the pork and the lamb, prepared in the most varied ways. Traditional desserts are “panettone” and “pandoro”.
One of the characteristic aspects of Christmas in Italy is, without doubt, the manger (presepe), whose birth would go up again to St. Francis of Assisi. The most ancient manger is that realized in 1250 from the sculptor Arnolfo di Cambio. Manger’s tradition develops itself in the centuries XVII and XVIII, especially in Rome, Naples, Genoa and in Sicily. An ancient Roman tradition wants the noble of the epoch to realize sumptuous mangers that were opened to the public in the days of the feast. The representation of the living manger usually develops itself in the night of 24th December. Alleys, small streets in stone, arcs, wine cellars, barns and stalls of the historical center become animated for entertaining the event and they serve as background to Palestine of 2000 years ago. The Christmas is a feast accompanied by different traditions, social and religious, often varying from village to village.
Every year in our village, Teulada, there is a live manger organized with the help of all people.
By Chiara Loi
Traditions. All Lithuanians love to sing and extend this love for music to parish life. Advent aims to keep us joyful all the way to Christmas. 11th December was the 3rd Sunday of Advent (the Sunday of Joy). Then it is allowed to play in Catholic church not only the organ but also other musical instruments and sing Advent songs. Every year on this day our school students go to church and after Mass they show their performance together with their parents and teachers.