Italian dating rituals

Religion plays a crucial role when a child is born to an Italian family.Most babies are baptized in a Roman Catholic ceremony.

One tradition is called la borsa, and allows all the friends and family of the bride to help defray the cost.The bride carries a small satin bag that the guests place cash inside.Guests can even place cash inside in exchange for a dance with the bride.Another key Italian wedding tradition is the tarantella, a couple's dance set to traditional Italian music.

The guests form a circle around the couple and dance around them.

The traditions of Italian funerals will look familiar to many Europeans and Americans due to the influence of Catholicism.