These dates are celebrated primarily by Catholics, but not just by Italians. There are also Church of England dioceses that honour these dates with special services, although I believe not so often recognised these days as it was many years ago.
November 1st is a public holiday in Italy for All Saints Day where it is known as Tutti i Santi Ognissnati. All Saints Day is the Catholic holiday, commemorating the Saint Martyrs and the following day is All Souls Day, which is set aside to honour loved ones who are deceased. Italians celebrate the two days together and traditionally they visit the graves of their loved ones and leave some flowers normally chrysanthemums.
This is why you must never take chrysanthemums as a gift to an Italian household, as it is considered unlucky to have them indoors.
I am very happy and feel honoured to be included in the italytutto – the blog about the blogs and bloggers in italy listing for the second time this month, this week for Our Garden In October
Another interesting selection of posts from Sicily, Lazio, Umbria, Le Marche and Piedmont.
This weeks of the top 10 posts from the bloggers in Italy (in alphabetical order):
An American in Rome: The Problem with Italian Plugs
Round, flat, thick, thin …
Baroque Sicily: Like Melted Butter
“So terribly physically all over one another”
Bella Baita View: Slow Food’s Salone del Gusto and Terre Madre
A market place for wondrous products
Brigolante: Seven Perfect Days: A One Week Itinerary for Umbria
The best of absolutely everything
Dim Sum, Bagels & Crawfish: Palermo
Don’t miss it
News from Italy: Our Garden in October
The apples and grapes are now all harvested
Parla Food: Paolo Parisi’s Eggs Fetch a Pretty Penny
Are they worth the price?
Sicily Scene: The Olive Pickers’ Lunch that wasn’t
Even if rain delays picking, there is always a fabulous lunch
Valle Nuova: Peperoncini ripieni
Family recipe for this traditional Piemontese delicacy
italytutto is maintained by a freelance writer with wide experience who first started writing this blog at the beginning of 2009 to keep track of all her favourite bloggers in Italy.
At the beginning of 2010, she made a lifestyle choice and gave up full-time corporate life to spend more time at her home in Lunigiana in Northern Tuscany, she now divides her time between Italy and the UK.
I enjoy reading this feature on a regular basis and through italytutto have discovered lots of great blogs on Italy which I hope some of you will now maybe discover for yourselves.
News From Italy has had the honour of being featured previously for the following posts Our Garden in July on August 4th 2010, Montefiascone Fiera del Vino 2010 on August 30th 2010 and most recently in October for Grape Harvest and Winemaking
Thankyou italytutto for the inclusion in this weeks listing.
To all my Italian friends who are celebrating All Saints Day with family my best wishes and lets hope the weather brightens up. It is looking very miserable, grey and windy at the moment. Typical Bank Holiday weather.