How Do Italians Celebrate Christmas?

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Most Italians celebrate Christmas based on Christian traditions, and the celebration lasts for eight days. The celebration starts eight days before Christmas day and it continues until the day after the Feast of Epiphany.

Italians kick off their Christmas traditions with church services and prayers. On December 23, the children dress as shepherds, and they receive money to buy themselves treats after singing and playing shepherd songs in their town.

Twenty-four hours before Christmas Day, Italian people observe a strict fast, and when the fasting is over, they enjoy a meatless meal. Their traditional Christmas meal includes spaghetti and anchovies, fresh broccoli, fresh fruits, different types of fish, tossed salads and desserts.