In Itri, over several Sundays during the month of June it is the time for children who have reached the age of 10 to make their First Holy Communion. Catholic religious traditions such as Baptism, First Communion and Marriage are regarded as significant family events that mark out important milestones in a child’s life and development.
One Sunday morning Kay and I went down to the main church in Itri. Outside were some local workers of the Red Cross association who were selling flowers as this day was also Mothers Day in Italy.
Outside the church we saw the children preparing for their big day. Both boys and girls were dressed in simple white cassocks, the colour white to signify innocence and purity, and each wore a wooden cross on a cord around their neck and carried some white lilies. The little girls also wore a flowered head-dress.
The following Sunday we were kindly invited to attend the Prima Comunione of our friends’ son, Dante.
To celebrate this momentous event families often choose to throw a lavish party for relatives and friends, either dining out at a restaurant or otherwise a special family meal at home.
The child receives lots of presents and best wishes from all concerned. It is a very joyous occasion.
In return it is the custom for the family to give a small gift or Bomboniera to all who attended the special event.
Dante’s parents Davide and Nandi have recently opened a Children’s Clothes Shop and Ceramic Workshop in Itri called Cuore Matto.
Dante had hand-painted his gifts, which were coffee cups filled with sweeties.
Bravo Dante !!!
Thank you for sharing your special day with us !!!
All photos by me © Louise Shapcott
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