Special Halloween

In Venice, it was usual on St Martin's Day (11 November) to eat seasonal products such as chestnuts and wine.

Then the celebration became especially dedicated to children who, like their Anglo-Saxon coetaneous on Halloween day, are still going around looking for sweets in the streets of the historic centre (the only difference is that Venetian children normally do it only in shops and not in private homes).

Now, however, the two festivals tend to coincide and Italian children also celebrate Halloween (mostly at school or private parties). While on St Martin's Day, if you are out and about in Venice, you might come across groups of kids banging pots and pans (often dressed in Halloween costumes) to celebrate by singing a typical song dedicated to the famous saint...

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