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.
To those of you that have been reading News From Italy for more than a year, the above words may be familiar as I wrote them here last year.
Forgive me my lack of originality but although we are now home from our travels in Asia, having had a really wonderful time, I have lots to do before I will have a lot of time for blogging.
I will also be sharing many of the photos I have taken on the photography site I contribute a daily photo to, please consider becoming a follower there if you are a photography fan and appreciate the beauty of the world around us.
I shared this photo there yesterday.
Chinese Ladies - Hong Kong Ladies Market