November 1st and November 2nd
Ognissanti e il giorno dei morti are two days in which Italians gather to honor all saints on the 1st of November, and then on November 2nd bring flowers to cemeteries in order to honor the dear ones who passed away. The chrysanthemums are considered messengers of good, joy and prosperity throughout the world, while in Italy they are associated with mourning and sad contexts. This depends on the fact that the Day of the Dead happens to coincide with the flowering of chrysanthemums in autumn. All Italians know this and that's why I really don't know what my brother and I were thinking a few years ago when we got our mum (well alive) a beautiful bunch of crysanthemums for her birthday. She wasn't impressed!!! Ouch!
Words to learn from this: ( sorry, not too happy words this time! :-) )
Saint: Santo/ Santa - Santa Maria, Santo Stefano
Each: Ogni - Ogni volta, ogni giorno, ogni tanto
Dead: Morto/ Morti
Cemetery : Cimitero
Bunch of flowers: Mazzo di Fiori
Bad impression: Figura or Figuraccia.