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I have a question about culture of Intalian

As a nation state, Italy has emerged only in 1871. Until then the country was politically divided into a large number of independant cities, provinces and islands. The currently available evidences point out to a dominant Etruscan, Greek and Roman cultural influence on today's Italians.
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I have a question about culture of Intalian

Postby coffie » 26 Oct 2006, 02:06

Does anyone know something about how Italian mourn/grieve their dead?
Is there any website for it?
I need it immidiatly. thanks
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Re: I have a question about culture of Intalian

Postby elba » 26 Oct 2006, 21:26

A bit 'long winded' but it is contemporary so this may be of use as it describes a funeral from an onlookers point of view.

Being in English may also be useful.
here's the link:

http://home.earthlink.net/~girowt/site/ ... nerals.htm

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Re: I have a question about culture of Intalian

Postby jcsm400 » 26 Oct 2006, 22:06

Here is another.

http://www.italianancestry.com/mathias/

An Italian friend of mine just lost her father & she has a candle burning since he died. I'm not sure if this is just an Italian custom.

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Re: I have a question about culture of Intalian

Postby Esperanza » 27 Oct 2006, 13:21

Within our family...

Reciting the Holy Rosary for the departed...

A "paesano" may host "Il Rosario" once an evening at the home of the departed (or close relative) for about a week. All are welcome to attend to recite the Holy Rosary. Cake and coffee served afterwards...
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A visit is made to the next of kin bringing sugar, coffee, cookies, food stuff...(sounds old fashioned, but still being done within my family)
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Memorial Mass is held after one month (arrangements made with priest - cost or donation involved)
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Another Memorial Mass is held after one year (arrangements made with priest... etc.)
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A visit to the cemetery first Sunday in November is a must in my family.
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Black worn for a month, or a year, social events are limited...
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