What Italy eats to welcome the new year.

In Italy, lentils (lenticchie) are served on New Year’s Eve after midnight. With their coin-like shape, lentils represent luck and prosperity.  Since ancient Rome, pouches of these coin-shaped legumes, were given as gifts.  Lentils increase in size when cooked and continue to be a symbol of abundance in the coming year.

VIDEO – Rosalia’s Lentil Soup

Have a huge dinner (cenone).

Eat lentils.

Throw out your old stuff, literally.

Pop the prosecco.

Wear red underwear.

Watch the fireworks.

Leave the house with money in your pocket.

Wishing you a Happy New Year!  Buon Anno e Auguri!

Click here to find out WHY these are Italian traditions.

Tradition continues with our annual pre-Lenten celebration of feasting, music, dancing and masquerading.  Although this year’s event on Saturday, February 13, 2021, may not have us all gathering together at the Italian Community Center, we’re creating a virtual Carnevale you won’t want to miss.  Whether it’s how to craft a special cocktail or whip up an elegant hors d’oeuvres, we’ll have you covered with some fun and fabulous presentations.  There will be musical performances, perhaps a dance, previous royalty dusting off their crowns, and the opportunity to help us raise much needed funds for the ICC with our ever popular silent auction.

Please plan to join us, and keep the spirit of Carnevale alive.  Specific details, and how to register for this exciting event will be forthcoming.  If you have any questions, please contact Sandy Winard, 262-573-7222 or email: sdubya002@gmail.com.

FEBRUARY 13, 2021

il Libro (The Book):  The Italian Legend of Old Befana

La Befana is a very friendly and amiable Italian witch who rides around on a broomstick. She often smiles and carries a sack full of candies and gifts. As everyone knows, in Italian folklore, La Befana brings presents to the good children on the morning of Epiphany, January 6, which is the day the Italian Christmas Season ends.

The name La Befana originates from the Greek word Epifania, the Italian name for the religious festival of the Epiphany.

Beloved ICC Member and La Befana for many many years at the ICC, Anna Pitzo, reads to you and your children the book, The Italian Legend of Old Befana.

VIDEO – THE ITALIAN LEGEND OF OLD BEFANA

MORE INFORMATION ON THE EPIPHANY AND ON LA BEFANA
Craft:  Three Glittery Crowns that make a BEAUTIFUL Children’s Epiphany Centerpiece for your table!

It’s so simple, and it uses glitter!  It can be a little messy, but it’s SUCH a fun way to decorate.  You have to use glitter and be messy during the holidays or it just doesn’t feel like the holidays!!

Materials Needed:

2 toilet paper tubes
white glue
paint brush
glitter
scissors
a large zip-lock bag for the glitter (to make it less messy)

FUN INSTRUCTIONS – GLITTER CROWNS FOR THE EPIPHANY