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Lecture 24

ITAL 1500 Lecture 24: ITAL1500May42017

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May 4, 2017 For exam: review all readings, but then choose one reading from sprezzatura that we didn’t do as a class. Tie the reading into some of the other readings in class (themes that tie it into Italian culture as a whole). Italian Traditions Student Presentation Italian Birthdays- Children Traditions Ear Tugs vs. Birthday punches 1 ear pull for each year you’ve been alive 18th Birthday Celebration- the big one Usually rent out big/extravagant venue All other birthdays- The birthday person is always the host, they pay, they make their own cake, no surprise parties Holidays- Ferragosto August 15th every year Came from parades of Augustus The day catholics believed Mary ascended into Heaven History of Ferragosto Feriae Augusti (Festival of Augustus) Augustus dedicated the whole month into a rest period/celebration after the harvest Started as a celebration of the harvest They often have horse races, they carry virgin mary statues through the streets, vacation Vacation tradition- started during the Fascist era- government orchestrated trips for people to see cultural elements Onomastico- It’s like a birthday, but it’s a catholic custom called name day Your onomastico is determined by your name or when you were born, Catholics assign each day a saint How is it celebrated? Like a second birthday, they say, “buon Onomastico” and sometimes give gifts. Celebrated since the middle ages, but is mostly celebrated in southern Italy today Where does your onomastico come from? Many Italians are named after saints Some parents choose a name based on which saint’s day it is when they are born, others name a child after their favorite saint Italian Holidays- Student Presentation Holiday Traditions in Italy All regions celebrate holidays in different ways due to differences in culture, religion, and food sources. Epiphany: January 6 Epifania: Latin word with Greek origins, means “apparition” or “manifestation” of divine entity Commemorates when the three wise men went to bethlehem to visit Jesus, also marks the end of the Christmas season History of Epiphany Comes from Christian Legend and the story of La Befana (The Witch) Italian children receive gifts twice- Leave out cookies and milk for santa claus (babbo natale), and leave out milk and cheese for La Befana She also comes down the chimney The stockings have La Befana on them, and they read books
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