Monday, December 31, 2012

New Year's Eve in Italy / La Festa di San Silvestro

La Festa di San Silvestro is December 31, and celebrated on New Years Eve.  As with many and most Italian celebrations food  and family are at the center of this celebration.  Friends and family get together to enjoy each other, and the foods that they have prepared for this celebration.

The main food served during this celebration is lentils, which symbolizes money and good fortune for the coming year.  The dinner in many Italian families  includes pork as well, which is a symbol of richness of life for the coming New Year.  Fireworks displays help celebrate the being of a this New Year, and many towns have displays in a central square, and private parties include sparklers.  Naples Italy is named for having one of the biggest New Years displays, along with Rome, Bologna, Milan, Palermo which also have huge popular outdoor shows with pop and rock bands,  while some towns build bonfires in the central square, and people from the town meet to view them until the early hours of the morning.  Many towns have public dancing and music, before the fireworks.  If you live near the coast, lake or river you will hear boats and ships blowing their horns.  Whatever you live, and whatever your tradition, I am sure we all want the same thing.  We want our families around us and their love, good health and wonderful friends and peace throughout the world.

My wish for you and your families in the coming year is a loving Family  health, Peace, happiness and love.  God Bless you all!


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