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Dolcetto o scherzetto? It’s Halloween!

Halloween is just around the corner, which means on October 31st kids all over the US will be dressing up and travelling door-to-door asking “trick or treat?!” (dolcetto o scherzetto?!). But what is Halloween like in Italy? Let’s find out!
Although it’s gaining in popularity, Halloween as it’s celebrated in the United States still doesn’t quite exist in Italy. Traditionally, All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day have had more of a presence.
All Saints’ Day (Ognissanti or Tutti i Santi) is celebrated on November 1st with All Souls’ Day (Il Giorno dei Morti or Tutti i Morti) following on the 2nd. Both holidays are about honoring and remembering the deceased, while All Saints’ Day is specifically meant to honor all saints and martyrs whereas A

Holiday History – Columbus Day!

Holiday History – Columbus Day!

We all celebrate it, but how much do you actually know about Christopher Columbus? If you have to brush up on your Columbus Day history, don’t worry. That’s what we’re here for!

First, the basics: Christopher Columbus’ name was not actually Christopher Columbus, which makes sense (he was Italian after all!). His actual name was Chrisoffa Corombo.

His brother, Bartholomew, was actually the one who came up with the idea to travel the ocean by ship, and although we know Columbus ships as the Nina, the Pinta, and the Santa Maria, their real names were the Nina, the Santa Clara, and the Gallega. Don’t worry though even though all of this may come as a surprise, we’re still pretty sure Columbus was actually on those ships :)

And like many people, Columbus was not actually famous while he lived, gaining his reputation as the man who discovered America posthumously. But people may even be surprised when they find out that even though people say he discovered America, he really accidentally ended up in the Bahamas (if only that could happen to all of us!) and never traveled to what we would consider the American mainland.

And even though I just said we all celebrate Columbus Day, that isn’t quite necessarily the case! Almost half (22) of states in the U.S. do not recognize the holiday, since they do not like crediting Columbus with the discovery of America, since there were indigenous people living on the continent beforehand. Some states have adapted the holiday to suit their own tastes, whether it’s by celebrating Discoverer’s Day in Hawaii or waiting until after Thanksgiving to celebrate Columbus Day to have a four day weekend in Tennessee (not a bad idea!).

So what about you? Do you celebrate Columbus Day? Do you have any other facts about Columbus you’d like to share? Let us know in the comments section!