Florentine New Year
March 25, also known as the anniversary of the Annunciation – originally a Christian ceremony – and was marked as the beginning of the New Year in the civil calendar in Italy until 1750, while other European countries had been celebrating their New Year on January 1st since 1582.
The ancient Florentine New Year is one of the traditional festivals in Italy, celebrated twice every year. One of the customary celebrations on this day is located at the piazza Basilica of the Santissima Annunziata, where Florentines would gather to watch the parades with music and dances to celebrate the beginning of the year.
The art piece of Annunciation is also located at the piazza and is the centrepiece of the Florentine New Year celebrations. It was traditionally believed that the painting was painted by angels, representing blessings and luck to the country.
Students can celebrate Italian culture with Music of Southern Italy, La Gioia Delle Donne and Spirit of Italia Through these programs, students learn about the culture, music, folk dances, and history of Italy. Students, whether they are of Italian ancestry or not, will find the richness of this celebratory culture of dance and festive music quite an experience!
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