It’s All Saints Day (Ognissanti) in Italy today, as it is every November 1. This is celebrated primarily by Catholics, but not just by Italians.
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In Italy, All Saints Day is marked by people bringing flowers to the graves of their deceased relatives, and it’s a day to remember all Catholic saints and martyrs. The following day, November 2, is All Souls Day and that’s when the souls of the deceased – especially those believed to be in Purgatory – are remembered. These are both very important holidays in Italy, and November 1 in particular is a day when you may find many shops and businesses closed. On the other hand, you may also find celebrations going on which will make your Italian holiday that much more memorable!
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