How do Italian People Celebrate Christmas?


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ItalianPod101.com. Hi, everybody! This is Ilaria from ItalianPod101.com In this lesson, you’ll learn some important phrases for Christmas in Italy and some valuable cultural tips. So let’s start! In Italian, Christmas is called… Natale In Italy, Christmas is the most important event of the year. There are huge Christmas markets where you
can buy decorations, gifts, and various kinds of sweets. The nativity scene, with Jesus in a manger,
is a popular and important decoration. On Natale, or “Christmas Day,” Italian people
greet each other by saying Buon Natale! (slow) Buon Natale! It means “Merry Christmas!” When you meet someone on Christmas day, be
sure to greet them with this phrase. Italian people celebrate the holiday with
their own special events and customs. The most popular food to eat on Christmas is… merluzzo It means “codfish.” Fish is almost always served at Christmas dinner. Codfish is the most popular. It’s served with treats such as panettone,
a sweet bread from Milan, and pandoro, a sweet bread from Verona. Let’s wrap up this lesson by recapping what
you’ve learned. Listen to the words and repeat after me. “Christmas” Natale Natale “Merry Christmas” Buon Natale! Buon Natale! “Codfish” merluzzo Here’s a fun fact! Do you know why the price of fish increases
dramatically before Christmas in Italy? It’s because everyone wants to eat it! According to Catholic tradition, fasting,
and especially avoiding red meat on December 24th, shows respect for Jesus, who was born
in poverty. You just learned about how Italian people
celebrate Christmas and some important facts about the holiday. If you want to learn Italian even faster, just click the
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