Laureato: graduating from university in Italy

When you graduate from college in Italy, you are laureate.  An Italian custom I find completely charming is the habit of the graduate wearing a laurel wreath to mark the occasion.

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Today I spotted this happy fellow, who clearly just graduated.  I followed him for a few steps:

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And then I asked him to pose for a picture.  Unfortunately, I caught him in an awkward pose, because he is a very handsome young man!

Auguri!

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It’s a girl!

Here’s how you announce the birth of a child in Italy.  Pink for a girl, ovviamente, and blue for a boy.

 

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Translation of the handwritten notice: “Children know things that the major part of humanity has forgotten.”  A lovely sentiment, indeed.

 

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Benvenuta, Giulia!  Welcome to the world.  Lucky you, to be born in Florence!

All babies are welcomed into Italy because the country has one of the lowest birthrates in the world!