ITALIAN MEMES – POSTCARDS FROM ITALY
Few people do love – and therefore Valentine’s Day – as well as the Italians. They are passionate and romantic. As a result, the holiday is the perfect match. On this day in Italy, lovers go on dates. They get dolled up. They eat a special meal (and really all the meals in Italy are special). This year, most of them will be avoiding meat because Valentine’s Day coincides with the Catholic holy day, Ash Wednesday. The men will dole out bouquets of flowers to their beloved. The women will offer little gifts to the man in their life. In other words, Italians are just like everyone else on V-Day.
What Makes the Holiday Different for Italians
Still, Italians celebrate the holiday while being Italian. They have a reputation for being great at love. A story I wrote about Italian men and why women find them so appealing is still the most popular article I have ever written. You know why? The truth is people are find Italians to be wildly attractive. Many Italians are driven by the bella figura, which means making a good impression and having your outside appearance reflect your inner being. So, they often take great care with their looks and clothing.
In addition, they have a way of flirting that makes the other person feel as though no one else exists. It’s embedded in the culture. Courtship still exists in Italy in a way that it no longer does in other parts of the world, including the United States. Men still pay for women’s meals and entertainment (even if they are not romantically linked to them). They are taught to woo each other with playful texts and extraordinary compliments. If you’re with an Italian, you feel the love. You feel as though you’re the only person in the room and the most beautiful ever. That rush is hard to get over. That’s why people are always seeking out Italian lovers. There’s no better time to recognize this way with love than on Valentine’s Day.
Di Meglio is the author of Fun with the Family New Jersey (Globe Pequot Press, 2012). She also has written the Our Paesani column for ItaliansRus.com since 2003. You can follow the Italian Mamma on Facebook or Twitter @ItalianMamma10.