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Buon Natale! Christmas in Italy
Part 8: Italian Christmas Quiz Answers
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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. Green, white, and red 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 Saturnalia and other pagan festivals.
  3. In A.D. 274, Emperor Aurelian decreed December 25 as a festival honoring the sun god Mithras.
  4. Romans would engage in feasts and drunken revelry to mark the winter solstice, when days began to lengthen.
  5. During the thirteenth century, among the early Franciscans, Saint Francis of Assisi introduced the Christmas hymn.
  6. Psalmus in Nativitate is the Christmas hymn Saint Francis wrote in Latin.
  7. Buon Natale means "Merry Christmas" in Italian.
  8. False: An albero di Natale is a Christmas tree.
  9. Babbo Natale means "Santa Claus" in English.
  10. La Befana 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 il presepio in Italy.
  12. In Vatican City there is an enormous nativity scene in Piazza San Pietro erected for the Christmas season.
  13. Popular Italian Christmas carols (canzoni di Natale) include: Gesù Bambino l'È Nato ("Baby Jesus Is Born"), Tu Scendi dalle Stelle ("You Came Down From the Stars"), Mille Cherubini in Coro ("A Thousand-Cherub Chorus") and La Canzone di Zampagnone ("Carol of the Bagpipers").
  14. Typical Italian Christmas dishes include baccalà (salted dried cod fish).
  15. Traditional Christmas Eve Dinner in Italy includes seven types of fish (or nine, eleven, or thirteen, depending on the town of origin).
  16. Italian holiday dinners include La Vigilia Napoletana, the Feast of San Silvestro, and La Befana Dinner.
  17. False: Panettone is a traditional Christmas bread from Milano.
  18. Lentils are eaten on New Year's Day in Italy as a symbol of good luck and prosperity.
  19. In Prato the Holy Girdle (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 Naples.
  21. False: The Pope delivers his annual Messaggio Urbi et Orbi in a multitude of languages for the benefit of the many Christians throughout the world.
  22. On New Year's Eve in Bologna the Fiera del Bue Grasso (fat ox fair) takes place.
  23. In Rome and surrounding areas zampognari (bagpipers) and pifferai (flute players) travel from their homes in the Abruzzi mountains to entertain crowds of people at religious shrines.
  24. False: On December 26 Italians celebrate La Festa di Santo Stefano.
  25. La Festa dell'Epifania means "The Feast of the Epiphany" in Italian.
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