WATCH: Young Italian Boys’ Reactions When Told to Hit a Girl.

What would you expect a young boy to do when told to slap a girl? This powerful PSA about nonviolence from Fanpage.it has gone viral. It shows the reactions of five young Italian boys ages 7-11 when they are commanded to hit a girl. Domestic violence is the most common form of violence in Italy. Furthermore, statistics from ncadv.org reveal that "On average, nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner in the United States. " This PSA video was created to help bring awareness to the epidemic of domestic violence in Italy, but individuals can utilize this video to bring awareness globally. 

Italian Christmas Traditions

Most countries and cultures have their own Christmas traditions and the Italians are no different. At this festive time of the year, most people in Italy get involved in the celebrations in one way or another. The history and culture of the Italians have led to them following many interesting and unique traditions during the holiday season. Many of these are now followed in other locations across the globe as Italians have emigrated and passed on their way of life in New communities. Here are some of the best Italian Christmas traditions.

Ricotta Cookie Recipe

The delicious tangy flavor of Italian lemon ricotta cookies make them the perfect cookie for any time of the year. This amazing recipe is quick and easy and only takes 10 minutes for preparation, and 15 minutes to cook. Ricotta cookies can be made with either lemon or almond extract and are delicious either way! They can be decorated with colored sprinkles for Christmas as well!

Biscotti Cookie Recipe

The biscotti originated in Tuscany, Italy centuries ago during Roman times. The word "biscotti" is Italian for cookie or biscuit. It is made of two words "bis" and "cotto" meaning "twice" and "baked". They were baked twice so that they would become crisp and could be stored for longer periods of time and remain fresh during voyages.  Today biscotti are commonly eaten with Vin Santo, cappuccinos, or lattes. These sweet, crisp, almond cookies can be dipped in chocolate as well, and are perfect for the holidays!

Italian Artist Michelangelo Pistoletto

Art has been an enormous part of artist Michelangelo Pistoletto’s life since his birth in 1933. He was born in Biella, Italy which is located in the region of Piemonte. He grew up under fascism during the war and was therefore made to believe in Mussolini. As a result of the chaos that surrounded him, church, and God brought a sense of hope upon Pistoletto. This hope and optimism helped inspire his works.

Pizzelle Recipe

Pizzelles are the oldest known cookie. The first pizzelles came from the region of Abruzzo and date back to the 8th century! The word "pizzelle" means "flat" and "round" in Italian. They are extremely crisp and light. The lemon, anise, and vanilla extract they contain add to their delicious flavor. These traditional cookie recipes were passed down to my Nonna, my mother, and now to myself. I hope you and your generations enjoy these recipes as my family has for almost a century! Buon Natale!