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Family Structure Around the World: Italy

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Italy Dating Marriage Family Typical Courtship Norms Traditional Italian Wedding The Engagement Tradition holds that the groom must approach the bride's father privately in order to profess his love for the man's daughter and then get his permission. The video above is not exactly the "norm", however, it displays the importance of the father's word. Italian relationships are very sexual and men tend be extremely flirty, as well as chivalrous
-Italian men like to make the women feel beautiful and the dating stage of the relationship is often based on romance.
-Both men and women in this culture can become very protective and jealous. There is a long list of traditions that Italians follow when it comes to just about everything, especially weddings Every aspect of the wedding ceremony has a symbolic meaning It is extremely important that you are married in the church. Avoid getting married during lent and advent, as well as in the months of May and August because it is said to give the marriage bad luck. A lengthy celebration begins with a mass in the morning; and the dancing and feasting that follows may continue well into the wee hours of the morning. Walking to the Church symbolizes their journey through marriage and the obstacles they will have to face together A ribbon is tied over the door of the church to show the bond that is taking place and as the bride and groom exit the church, the guests throw rice or grain over the couple for good fortune. The Reception Guests may be served as many as 14 different courses with wine and other beverages. After dinner, the customary multi-layered Italian wedding cake is served with espresso and coffee. Another italian custom is for the bride to walk around with a satin bag that guests will place cards and money in It is a part of tradition for the bride and groom to break a glass at the end of the reception and the number of pieces of shattered glass symbolize the number of years the couple will be together "Evviva gli sposi" - "hurray for the newlyweds" The Cake Italian wedding cakes are usually made of sponge cake, filled with crème or Chantilly crème, and covered in whipped cream. They can also be made with chocolate sponge cake or mille-feuille puff pastry. Traditional wedding cakes in Italy are either large one-layer cakes or the so-called “torte nuziali a più piani”, 3 to 5 or even 7 cakes placed on different levels, the smallest one on the top. It is considered an honor in italian culture to pass down from generation to generation Family Structure Family values are a focus in society Italian families will often have just one or two kids There has been a changing role in italian women; the social revolution has resulted in women being more independent and focused on their careers. Because of this, the concept of family itself has changed from a hierarchical model, to one based more on equality. Household Structure Children, especially sons, are coddled and extremely spoiled; it is very common that the children lives at home for a long time. Often, generations share housing; grown children with elderly parents. Even if they do not share a home, extended family may eat lunch (pranzo) and/or dinner (cena) together everyday. Elderly parents are respected and looked after in italian society. Mamma The mother has the dominant role in the household; the spoil their husbands and children Italians believe that it is the mother who keeps the family together. she, in turn, can depend on the rest of her family in time of need. The role of a mother is a much respected position in italian society. Work Cited syr.fi.it/img/pdf/student-life.com lifeinitially.com worldweddingtraditions.com
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