New Year’s Eve in Italy Is Rich With Lasting — and Eccentric — Traditions

New Year's Eve traditions and menus, passed down from the generations, are rich with symbolism.

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Italy is a country rich with rituals. Customs and beliefs have been handed down generation to generation for centuries.

When it comes to New Year’s Eve, the celebration and menus are abundant with symbolism.

Italians believe in letting go of the old year and moving toward the future. One gesture of letting go of the past is throwing away old things. Old clothes, pieces of furniture and even pots and pans are discarded. Look out below, because those who still honor this tradition toss these items out of the window into the streets.

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