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Buon Natale! Christmas in Italy
Part 8: Italian Christmas Quiz Questions
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Know how to say Merry Christmas or Santa Claus in Italian? Can you name the originator of Christmas carols? Test your knowledge of Christmas in Italy with this quiz. All of the answers can be found here in the feature Buon Natale! Christmas in Italy.

Italian Christmas Quiz
Questions | Answers

  1. ________, ________, and ________ are the colors of Italy's national flag and the traditional Christmas colors as well.

  2. One widely held theory about the origins of Christmas is that the holiday was an intentional christianization of __________ and other pagan festivals.

  3. In A.D. 274, _______________ decreed December 25 as a festival honoring the sun god Mithras.

  4. Romans would engage in feasts and drunken revelry to mark the _______________, when days began to lengthen.

  5. During the thirteenth century, among the early Franciscans, ____________________ introduced the Christmas hymn.

  6. Identify Psalmus in Nativitate.

  7. _______________ means "Merry Christmas" in Italian.

  8. True/False: An albero di Natale is a Christmas present.

  9. Babbo Natale means "________________" in English.

  10. What is the name of the kindly old witch that brings children toys on January 6, the Feast of the Epiphany?

  11. A crèche, manger, or nativity scene is known as ________________ in Italy.

  12. In Vatican City there is an enormous nativity scene in ________________ erected for the Christmas season.

  13. Name a popular Italian Christmas carol.

  14. Typical Italian Christmas dishes include __________ (salted dried cod fish).

  15. Traditional Christmas Eve Dinner in Italy includes __________ types of fish.

  16. Name a Italian holiday dinner.

  17. True/False: Panettone is a traditional Christmas bread from Siena.

  18. ________ are eaten on New Year's Day in Italy as a symbol of good luck and prosperity.

  19. In Prato the _______________ (la Sacra Cintola) is displayed on December 25 and December 26.

  20. Antique crèche figures are featured in many Nativity scenes especially in the churches and museums of __________.

  21. True/False: The Pope delivers his annual Messaggio Urbi et Orbi in Italian.

  22. On New Year's Eve in Bologna the _______________ (fat ox fair) takes place.

  23. In Rome and surrounding areas __________ (bagpipers) and __________ (flute players) travel from their homes in the Abruzzi mountains to entertain crowds of people at religious shrines.

  24. True/False: On December 26 Italians celebrate La Festa di San Silvestro.

  25. _______________ means "The Feast of the Epiphany" in Italian.

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