2015 is slowly coming to an end. Just after Christmas will begin the time of year when, for some reason we tend to be melancholic but at the same time very energetic, we do budgets, we brush up the memories, we think that the new year is about to begin with a thousand ideas and good intentions. And of course, we are preparing to celebrate the last night of the year!
Are you ready to celebrate the New Year?
The New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day in Italy are rich in traditions, customs and rituals that date back to the dawn of time.
Are you sure you know all the traditions and stories to making it a good 2016 like an Italian? If you are ready to celebrate New Year’s Eve in Italy, here some inspiration!
In this article we will tell the traditions of New Year’s Eve in Italy, a magical evening, to spend with friends, family or with your special ones, to greet the year 2015 and to celebrate the arrival of the first day of the year!
Here are 5 things to know to celebrate the New Year in Italy in the tradition and to ensure a good 2016!
# 1 – The knuckle: pig’s trotter and lentils until midnight
The New Year’s Eve in Italy is dedicated to the “cenone”: a hearty dinner with friends or family, where you consume traditional dishes waiting for midnight. The star of the dinner of the New Year’s Eve in Italy is the knuckle or the sausage, cooked with lentils. Tradition dictates that you eat at midnight, lentils bring good luck and, in particular, money for the new year. Most health-conscious associate instead this legume as rich in fiber to a kind of elixir of life. In any case, do not give up a plate of lentils!
# 2 – Underwear, strictly red
The tradition of wearing red underwear for the New Year’s Eve has quite mysterious origins. If for some dating back to the custom of the Far Eastern cultures, that choose red as the color to ward off evil spirits and get rid of them with the advent of the new year, others argue that the origins of this tradition are much closer to us, the ancient Romans used it drapes and red fabrics in all the important occasions of life, such as weddings or important religious celebrations. Red for the Romans was in fact the color of power, passion, vitality and health, all things to take with you in the new year. The curiosity that perhaps not everyone knows, however, linked to the tradition of using red underwear on New Year’s Day is the following: the underwear must be received as a gift and thrown away the next day!
# 3 – New year, new life. The rest goes out of the window!
One of the oldest traditions of New Year in Italy, is to throw out of the window objects old and disused, in particular pieces and ceramic tableware, symbolizing evil, negative events and feelings of the past to be left behind, to be abandoned before the beginning of the new one. This custom has fallen a bit out of use now, although it remains alive its meaning: get rid of your concerns, and let the new year begin…
# 4 – … with fireworks!
Again, in order to ward off evil spirits, devils and bad thoughts, Italians have fun shooting fireworks and firecrackers in the New Year’s Eve. Did you know that even the sparkling wine shot stopper has the same auspicious meaning?
# 5 – Beware of people you meet New Year’s Day!
Remember to pay attention to who you will meet on the morning of New Year. No one knows why, but in Italy it is said to bring good luck if the first person met on the first day of the new year will be an old man or a woman. Attention over the next 365 days if you meet a child or a priest, seems to bring bad luck!
Whether you decide to follow all the traditions of New Year’s Eve or to celebrate the New Year in Italy with more unconventional experiences, we wish you a magical New Year’s Eve, and an amazing 2016!