Italy’s Christmas season typically goes from the beginning of December in one year through the beginning of January in the next year. It has many opportunities for celebrating because every day honors saints. Six weeks in all will be devoted to preparing for Christmas Eve and Day on December 24 – 25 and Epiphany Eve and Day on January 5 – 6.
In the transition from one month to another, there is ample opportunity to celebrate New Year’s Eve and Day on:
• December 31;
• January 1.
Villagers in peninsular Italy’s hilly, southwestern, sunny, tradition-bound Calabria know that all of the above-mentioned dates will host cultural and religious festivities. They always look forward to their beloved, industrious “Strega Nona’s Gift.”