Spring in Italy ushers in the season of mild temperatures, blooming flowers, and—inevitably–la ceremonia.
Italy is, of course, a traditionally Catholic country and the lifespan of the average Italian is marked by a series of religious rites (including one’s christening, first communion and confirmation, and marriage) and all the pomp and circumstance that surround these events. Though tough economic times have meant that many families have scaled back the elaborate and expensive celebratory meals and parties, one feature of la ceremonia remains sacrosanct: la bomboniera.
Though the younger generation of Italians make noises about la bomboniera (it tends to be a big expense, and the appalling aesthetics of many oggetti have become a running cultural joke), I have yet to attend a cerimonia which does not include la bomboniera. Some traditions, against the odds, are destined to live on.