Christmas Pageants, Parades and Festivities in Italy


Christmas Pageants, Parades and Festivities in Italy

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The period from December 24th to January 6th is one of the most celebrated in Italy (perhaps trailing only Easter, August 15th and Carnival). Everywhere you go you'll find living nativity scenes, which might be comprised of a dozen local citizens around a simple campfire, or hundreds of participants from an entire region, all dressed in colorful traditional costumes and performing in elaborate life-size recreations of the Holy Manger. Here are a few local celebrations:

Almost every small village stages a living nativity scene on Christmas eve, followed by midnight mass and often, distribution of food and drink.

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