Italian curiosities: did you know the Romans celebrated new year’s eve in march?

Dec 29, 2021 406

Capodanno is, on the Italian calendar, the second most important holiday in the season,  just after Christmas and just before Epifania. From a religious point of view, of course, the day of the Befana is more important – and not because of the Befana – but all in all, we tend to celebrate the 6th of January, the day when the Wise Kings met Baby Jesus, in a more subdued manner: there are presents and there is loads of food, but the end of the holidays looms and those January blues are just around the corner.

Celebrations for the new year are, pretty much everywhere, on the 31st of December and the 1st of January, besides places where Christian Orthodox and Chinese traditions are followed: but in the rest of the world, and in Italy for sure, that’s the way it has always been. Or has it?

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