Italian Christmas Eve – The Feast of the Seven Fishes
Some of the most delicious traditions come from Italian homes during Christmas.
Although Italians always seem to take an interest in food particularly during the numerous holidays, at Christmas, food always seems to become a priority.
Apart from the many religious traditions, this is the time each year when celebration foods are prepared and families gather together to enjoy this special season.
One of the most famous traditions followed each Christmas is the one for La Vigilia, or the Feast Of Seven Fishes which is celebrated on Christmas Eve.Today, it is a meal that typically consists of seven different seafood dishes.It originates, however, from Southern Italy, where it is known simply as The Vigi.
This celebration commemorates the wait, the Vigilia di Natale, for the midnight birth of the Jesus. The tradition of eating seafood on Christmas from the Roman Catholic tradition of abstaining from eating meat during certain times of the year.