Befana

The Befana Tradition in Italy

Do you know who the Befana is? During the night between the 5th and the 6th January, all the children in Italy wait for the Befana to arrive in the houses and leave presents, sweets or sweet coal. But who is the Befana and why she gives sweets in the night of Epiphany? This old woman riding a broom […]

nochevieja

Nochevieja: The Best Spanish New Year’s Eve Traditions

Nochevieja in Spain is a magic time of the year. As you probably know, Nochevieja is the New Year’s Eve in Spanish. It literally means “old night” and it is celebrated with a number of traditions and superstitions that are believed to bring luck. On the 31st December and 1st January, every year people keep […]

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Top 5 Italian New Year Traditions

It’s time to discover some amazing New Year traditions! The New Year deserves a big celebration and Italians generally do it properly, with lovely New Year traditions. It starts on the 31st December with the New Year’s Eve and goes on the day after with a wonderful lunch and many ancient traditions that make it […]

santo stefano

Where Santo Stefano Comes From

Have you ever spent the Christmas period in Italy? If you have, you probably know that after the big Christmas celebration, on the 26th December people have another important holiday: Santo Stefano. It is a Christian festivity dedicated to the first martyr, Stefano, who preach the word of God and converted many people to Christianity. For […]

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What Andarse Por Las Ramas Means In Spanish

“Andarse Por Las Ramas” is a nice Spanish idiom! If you are wondering what “Andarse Por Las Ramas” means, don’t worry: it’s not such a straightforward idiom to understand! Sometimes guessing the meaning of idiomatic expressions is really hard and if you haven’t studied them it might seem a mission impossible. However, this idiom finds […]

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The Nativity Scene: A Great Neapolitan Christmas Tradition

Do you know how important is the Nativity Scene in the Italian culture? Well, I daresay that the Presepe (Nativity Scene) is the symbol of Christmas in the Neapolitan tradition. If you have ever been to Naples, in Italy, you must have gone to San Gregorio Armeno: a lovely street in the city centre famous for […]

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Christmas Eve Dinner in Italy

One of the most important Christmas traditions in Italy is the so called Cenone on the Chistmas Eve. “Cenone” literally means big dinner, so you can easily imagine how abundant and tasteful it is. The Christmas Eve, within the Catholic religion, is one of the most sacred moment of the year; that is why originally […]

Pavo Trufado De Navidad

Let’s Make Pavo Trufado De Navidad

The Pavo Trufado De Navidad is one of the most typical Spanish Christmas recipes! In many areas of Spain, the Pavo Trufado De Navidad is the main dish of the Christmas dinner, so if this year you want to prepare something special this is absolutely the perfect recipe! Do you know what is it? It’s […]