Italian Word of the Day: Addobbo (decoration / ornament)

Italian word 'addobbo'

The Italian word for the ornaments we hang on the tree at Christmastime is addobbo (or more specifically addobbo natalizio), derived from the verb addobbare, meaning “to adorn, decorate, or deck out.” Because it is a masculine noun beginning with a vowel, it takes the following definite and indefinite articles: Ho comprato degli addobbi da …

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Italian Word of the Day: Vischio (mistletoe)

Italian word 'vischio'

What’s the plant that encourages people to share a kiss underneath it? Well, it’s mistletoe, of course, known as vischio in the Italian language! vischio mistletoe Vischio is a masculine noun that takes the following definite and indefinite articles: Si sono baciati sotto al vischio. They kissed underneath the mistletoe. Rooted in Norse mythology, mistletoe …

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Christmas in Italy vs the USA

Natale: differenze tra Italia e Stati Uniti  Christmas is recognised as a national holiday and celebrated in many countries and cultures across the globe. Christmas festivities in the United States are not the same as the festivities in Italy. In many ways, the holiday season is very similar, but in some of the finer details …

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Italian Word of the Day: Schiaccianoci (nutcracker)

Italian word 'schiaccianoci"

One of the most recognisable symbols of Christmas is the nutcracker, known as a schiaccianoci in Italian. Schiaccianoci is made up of two parts: the verb schiacciare (to crush) and the plural noun noci (walnuts). It is an invariable masculine noun, which means its form does not change in the plural. Dove vogliamo mettere lo …

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How is the Immaculate Conception (Immacolata Concezione) celebrated in Italy?

The Immaculate Conception (Immacolata Concezione in Italian), observed as an Italian public holiday every December 8th, honours the Catholic dogma declared by Pope Pius IX in 1854. This doctrine affirms that the Virgin Mary was free from original sin from the moment of her conception, a belief rooted in Catholic tradition. The day holds significance …

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