Dating rituals in italy
In due time the house-father (capoccio), who rules the bridegroom's family, demands the girl's hand for his kinsman, and a feast celebrates the conclusion of the business.
A curious piece of conventionality hems in the Tuscan maiden.
The food is almost as important as the ceremony and guests may be served up to 14 different courses and of course the cake is served with espresso.
The groom also has his tie cut into little pieces that are then sold off to the guests by the groomsmen to pay for the band.
The Venetian lover is exceedingly attentive ; he makes certain regulation presents according to the seasonat Easter a cake, on St.
Mark's Day a buttonhole of rosebuds, at Martinmas roast chestnuts, at Christmas a box of almond paste and a jar containing a curious confection of fruit and raw mustard seed.
If, on the other hand, all goes well, the young man, his parents and relatives, visit the girl's father and make a formal demand for her hand in marriage.
A day or two later the betrothal is celebrated, when the lover presents his mistress with a wedding and other rings, which must all be returned should the lady prove fickle. Horatio Brown I says that in the province of Udine a jilt must present her former fiance with a pair of shoes, as compensation for the time he has wasted in fruitless courtship.
I’m sure many of us can relate to this if you have met someone while traveling or have married into a completely different culture than your own.
My English culture is completely different to the Italian culture my partner has grown up in, and over the past 5 years, these are the 10 things I’ve learned about Italian culture… You will eat pasta at least three times per week…mmm maybe four Carbs!