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#CuriousIT: Christmas and Santo Stefano

Merry Christmas to all of you!


As a Christmas gift, we would like to share with you the traditions related to Santo Stefano (Saint Stephen) day.

In Italy it’s a holiday and it’s celebrated on 26th December: companies and shops are usually closed. It became an official holiday in 1947.Ortodox and Protestant churches celebrate it on the 27th Dec., but as Italians are mostly catholic, in Italy it’s celebrated on 26th.

Santo Stefano is known for being the first christian martyr (well, after Jesus).

On this day, Italians usually eat leftovers of the Christmas day.
They also visit uncles, aunts, cousins that they don’t usually visit during the rest of the year.But you may also go have a walk, or go to the cinema and watch a Christmas movie – probably a bad one.
Have you ever heard of “cinepattoni“? They are poor, embarassing Christmas movies, that pretend to be comedy films but they are actually trash. Still, it’s a tradition…

Let’s get down to… food (hey – what did you expect? 😀 ).
Christmas/Santo Stefano food can vary from region to region, but there are some typical dishes.
Kings and Queens of Chritmas: the “tortellini in brodo“!
Fresh filled pasta (usually with meat), in a savoury broth.

Then some meat, such as capon, chicken, goat… here it really depends on the region you are in.

As a dessert, you often eat Panettone (a sort of cake with dried fruit and/or candied fruit) or Pandoro (a buttery plum cake, basically).

Italians are divided into two factions: those who prefer Panettone and those who prefer Pandoro.
As you can guess, Italians can get really passionate when it comes to food, so it’s an endless Christmas fight. If you don’t wanna hear complaints at Christmas, just buy them both.


What do you do and eat at Christmas?
Is santo Stefano a holiday in your country?
Let us know!
Merry Christmas and happy New Year
from Hallo!