The Italian Ways of Life

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Weddings in Italy are very different from the way American do theirs. Italian’s have lots of traditions that make sense, but don’t necessarily mean the things will happen. For example, the bride and groom will walk to their wedding ceremony together. On their way there the bride and groom will be set up with certain obstacles. One obstacle could be a broom in the road, and if the bride stops to pick it up that means she’ll keep the house clean and organized. If there’s a baby that needs help and she stops to help the baby, then that means she’ll be a good mother. In past wedding ceremonies the bride and grooms parents would plan the wedding for them. If the bride’s father doesn’t approve of something about the engagement, or even the man she’s with, he could stop everything in it’s tracks and, poof, there would be no wedding. Most times the groom would set up a matchmaker and send her, or him, to the brides house to tell her he wants to marry. Only if the family liked the proposal there would be a wedding, though. Most of the decisions were up to the parents, and parents always liked diamond engagements. Those types of engagements have been the most popular way of getting engaged since the 1400’s. It’s because Italians think a diamond stone is created by the flames of love. Of course every person has their certain ways of doing things whether they believe in superstitions or not. Some good luck traditions in a wedding include getting married on a Sunday, but avoiding August and May for any day of the month. Brides will also tear their veils when the ceremonies over to make luck happen. For grooms, they’ll end up bringing along a little chunk of iron in their pockets to ward off all the bad spirits. After making al... ... middle of paper ... ...ture, Customs and Business Etiquette." Translation Services | Interpreters | Intercultural Communication | Cross Cultural Training. 2008. Web. 18 May 2010. . "Sports in Italy." Italy Travel Guide. 2005-10. Web. 20 May 2010. . "Italy's Way of Life." Oracle ThinkQuest Library. 2001. Web. 20 May 2010. . "Italian Wedding Traditions." Wedding Traditons and Customs. Euroevents & Travel, LLC, 2002-2004. Web. 20 May 2010. . Binotti, Hellen. "Superstitions in Italy." Life in Italy | Italy. 2003. Web. 20 May 2010. .
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