Holiday Traditions of Sending Gifts to Italy
Everyone who has faced the problem of choosing a gift for a person living in Italy is fully aware of how hard it really is. If you are not familiar with the gift giving traditions in Italy, you will most likely have some difficulties choosing the right gift for certain occasions.
When you are choosing a gift for an Italian recipient, first of all you should keep in mind that Italians love good food, so a gourmet basket is often a great choice. For such holidays and events as New Year's, Christmas, Easter, Saint Joseph's Day, All Saints Day, weddings or birthdays, when a lot of people gather together for a great feast, nothing is more suitable than a gift basket filled with various gourmet foods!
But what is a good celebration without quality spirits? Regardless of the occasion, a beautifully wrapped, elegant wine or champagne gift basket spilling over with gourmet chocolates, cheeses, and crackers compliments any taste.
For corporate or business gifts, spirits gift baskets as well as tea gift baskets and coffee gift baskets are always classics, meant mostly for business associates, colleagues, bosses or other seniors. This type of gift, when sent to Italy, is a perfect choice when you want to say, 'thank you,'
'congratulations,' or you want to show your sympathy, respect or friendship.
Choosing a gift basket to send to Italy for family members, friends or someone dear to you is much easier. You can forget about formalities and take into account the preferences of the recipient and the occasion. As a prelude to romance, or as a holiday treat, nothing's more memorable than an exquisite chocolate gift basket. Being an ideal romantic gift for women on Valentine's Day, Mother's Day, her wedding day or birthday, it will indulge any discerning sweet tooth.
Fruit baskets on the other hand are quite neutral; they can be used as romantic or non-romantic gifts. Filled with ripe exotic fruits, they tend to suit any taste and holiday.
When you have doubts or can't make up your mind what to select for a given occasion, a flower basket to Italy is another great gift idea, perfect for both personal and formal gifts, especially at weddings, on Valentine's Day and for birthdays.
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Most Celebrated National Holidays
March 22 - April 25 - Easter
Easter in Italy is a time of religious parades and celebrations. On Easter Sunday, families gather for the holy lunch. Traditional Easter foods include eggs, roasted lamb, special sweet bread called 'Colomba' (made in the shape of a dove) and chocolate eggs, which are hollow and have a special prize inside. The Monday following Easter is called "Pasquetta" ("Little Easter"). A lot of festivals, games, and concerts are held on this day and many Italians spend it outdoors celebrating the mild temperatures and the natural wonders of spring with their friends and dear ones.
April 25 - Anniversary of Liberation
(Festa della Liberazione)
May 1 - Labour Day
(Festa dei Lavoratori)
May 9 - Europe Day
May 2nd Sunday - Mother's Day
(La Festa Della Mamma)
Mother's Day is an annual holiday that recognizes mothers, motherhood and maternal bonds in general, as well the positive contributions that they make to society. For millions of mothers across the world and also in Italy, it is a time of breakfast in bed, family gatherings, gifts and crayon scribbled 'I Love You's'.
June 2 - Republic Day
(Festa della Repubblica)
August 15 - Ferragosto/Assumption Day
(Ferragosto and Assunzione)
November 1 - All Saints
(Ognissanti or Tutti i santi)
All Saints Day in Italy is a holiday when people take the day off work, go to cemeteries and bring flowers and candles to the graves of dead relatives, give presents to children, usually sweets and toys.
November 2 - Day of the Dead
(Il giorno dei morti)
November 4 - National Unity and Armed Forces Day
(Giorno dell'Unita Nazionale e Festa delle Forze Armate)
December 8 - Immaculate Conception
December 25 - Christmas Day
Christmas is one of the biggest celebrations for the people belonging to the Christian faith. Caroling, feasting, and gift-giving along with the prayers and wishes - Christmas is celebrated with high spirits in various parts of the world. The Christmas season in Italy begins on the first Sunday of Advent, which is four Sundays before Christmas. Families go to the Christmas markets to shop for gifts and new figures for the manger scene. They set up their presepio, or manger scene, on the first day of the novena. Families gather before the presepio each morning or evening of novena to light candles and pray. On Christmas Eve, families go to church, then feast on a large dinner. Christmas Eve is the main day when Italians exchange gifts with their families.
December 26 - St Stephen's Day
January 1 - New Year's Day
New Year in Italy is celebrated on January 1 according to the Gregorian calendar. New Year's celebration begins with the New Year's Eve, called La Festa di San Silvestro. Many Italians prefer celebrating it with their friends and loved ones. These celebrations are all about dancing, singing, drinking and having a traditional lavish meal. People also bid farewell to the old year and welcome the New Year in a rocking manner.
January 6 - Epiphany
February 11 - The Lateran Pacts
February 14 - Valentine's Day
Valentine's Day Festival is said to have originated in pagan times when people celebrated February 14 in honor of Roman God of Fertility. These days, Valentine's Day is essentially regarded as festival that celebrates love between both lovers and individuals. People wish 'Happy Valentine's Day' to parents, teachers, siblings, friends or any other person special to them. Though there are various traditions and customs associated with the festival, the most popular way of celebrating Valentine's Day in Italy is by expressing love to sweethearts and dear ones with an exchange of gifts. Some of the most traditional Valentine's Day gifts are fresh flowers, chocolates and cards.
March 19 - Saint Joseph's Day
(La Festa di San Giuseppe)
March 19 - Father's Day
(Festa del Papa)
Father's Day is a day to honor fathers for everything they did for their children. Everybody takes an opportunity to express gratitude towards their father and tell him how much he's loved and appreciated. Generally, children present their father with a bouquet of flowers, a greeting card, a gift baskets, etc. Nowadays, people in Italy celebrate this occasion also with their grand dads, fathers-in-law, uncles, stepfathers or other men who are caring and protective as a father.