Book: Faith & Identity

The roots of tradition:
Most of the Italian American immigrants come from Sicily, Campania and the rest of Southern Italy. These regions are slowly but steadily losing their traditions to a more European approach to life and religion.

Every Italian town and city stops to celebrate its patron saint’s day and every Southern town has a heartfelt procession in honor Over the past 20 years, however, the fervor of of the patron saint. Over the past 20 years, however, the fervor of religious feasts has diminished. In few places today are the saints still carried on bared shoulders.

Weddings are losing traditional folk elements. Dancing the arantella, a popular dance tracing back to the Middle Ages, during a wedding reception was once common all over Southern Italy. Not any more. After the wedding ceremony in the church, an average of 150 guests are invited to a reception where no music is played…

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