Buon Capodanno! Happy New Year! Literally translated it means happy “head of the year”. A continuum of holiday merriment that has been underway for weeks as Italians prepare for the Christmas season. A holiday feast of food and drink that leads us into a New Year with symbolic ingredients like coin-shaped lentils (for luck) and cotechino and zampone (stuffed pigs’ trotters) to represent the bags to hold the incoming money.
But such prosperity and good fortune don’t come easily and after the arrival of La Befana the Christmas Witch on January 6th Italians, like most of us, are faced with a way to make the New Year better. It always helps to have a good head “capo” on your shoulders and to quote someone who has seen her share of ups and downs “everyone has highs and lows they have to learn from, but every morning I start off with a good head on my shoulders, saying to myself, ‘It’s going to be a good day! ‘ OK Lindsay Lohan – it’s going to be a good New Year.