Le Feste di novembre – Vlog in italiano #13

By Manu Venditti | Advanced


Hi folks and welcome back. I am Manu and this is the Italy Made Easy channel. Today I would like to make a video in Italian for you students, where I speak slightly more slowly, therefore in an Italian that is a bit easier to follow and to understand and I hope that this video is suitable also for students at the upper beginner level. So, upper beginner, intermediate or advanced students, obviously. Today I would like to talk to you about two Italian holidays that are around the corner. The first falls on the first of November and it’s the holiday that we call “Ognissanti” (All Saints), or la festa dei Santi, or la festa di tutti i Santi. It’s a religious holiday, it’s a holiday that exists in other countries and that lately in Italy has been integrated, more or less, with Halloween, of the North American tradition, which has entered, somehow, the Italian culture, through movies and literature. So, the 31st of October many people in Italy celebrate Halloween or the night of the witches and the day after we celebrate All Saints, which is a public holiday, so people don’t work or we don’t go to school. In Italy, mostly in the South of Italy, we celebrate the “onomastico”, that is the day in which we celebrate a saint with your name. For example, in my case, we celebrate Saint Emanuel on the 26th of march. On the 1st of November people who don’t have a saint with their own name, can celebrate their “onomastico”, that is, their name day! The 2nd of November, instead, is the holiday of the Dead, and it’s another catholic holiday that commemorates the dead, usually our family, and on this day many Italians visit a cemetery and offer a flower to the… to the dead, usually a chrysanthemum. There are then regional traditions that include, for example, a specific dessert or, I’ve heard that in Sicily, in some areas, children receive a present on behalf of the dead. In other regions, for example, people leave the table set (with food), on the night of the 1st of November, people leave the table set for the dead. Obviously, I don’t know all the traditions… And do you celebrate this two holidays where you are from? Let me know, leave a comment! A very tight hug! See you soon, ciao ciao!

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