Christmas in Italy II

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Christmas in Italy II

Celebrating Christmas in Italy. The 8th of December was La Immacolata Concezione or the Immaculate Conception – an important religious event in the Catholic calendar which is celebrated throughout Italy with parades and feasts. In Rome floral wreathsare laid in a Papal ceremony at the œPiazza di Spagna (the Spanish Steps) while in Palermo a statue of œa Marunnuzza (the Madonna in the Sicilian dialect) is carried through the streets in an fabulously elaborate procession.

The 8th December is also a public holiday which typically marks the start of the festive season and is traditionally the day when Italian families put up their Christmas decorations.

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