Traditions Field Note: Siestas and Festivals

Tradition is something that can be found wherever you go in this world. In this part of south Italy, I feel that people are friendly and happy all the time.  They always seems to so be relaxed and happy regardless of the things that are happening around. You might be wondering what southern Italians do to be so happy?  Allow me to explain! I think the secret is not that hard.

Siesta time! It’s a very strong tradition in this part of Italy. The majority of the business close from 1:00pm to 4:00pm. This siesta or nap time allows the people to eat lunch with their families and also to take a rest and not be stressed out by working eight straight hours. Usually, a person might work from 8:00am to 12:00pm or 1:00pm. Then that person would take a break from 1:00pm to 4:00pm. Then that person would get back to work from 4:00pm to 8:00pm. Of course there are some jobs that don’t do siesta time at all. However, I feel that this break tradition allows you to have lunch together with your family, and relax before finishing up the day.

Another happy tradition here is festivals all year along! I can say that Italians love festivals. They pretty much have events every weekends in my town. The entire family can enjoy them. I can tell you that there have been times where I have to wake up and look out in the window to see what is happening. There could be a huge, local musical band playing outside playing. Even better, there could be parades going on, and they can lead you to another event. I strongly feel that this is a good way to keep entertained and happy.

It seems to me that the Italian people are living life in a happier way than many people do.  Just think about it: You can get a break from work to relax and enjoy time with family and friends, and there are public events going on pretty much every weekend. This culture from the south part of Italy is just simply amazing. I personally feel that Americans should learn something from this culture, so we won’t be that stressed out or worrying about everything!

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