Fall is here – and I admit (to every Italian’s horror) that it is my favorite time of year. Maybe it has something to do with growing up in Texas where boiling hot summers lasts for at LEAST five months. Also I am a little lazy and when it is sunny outside, I feel like I should be out. But when it is cool and cloudy? Time to get out vino, cuddle up on the couch and watch an old movie. It is like you have an excuse to be lazy and don’t have to feel guilty about it. And not only that – but what about the crisp air, red and orange trees, Halloween, Thanksgiving. What’s not to like?
Anyway, no matter what your favorite season, here is how to say the seasons in Italian along with cultural happenings during each time of year.
Fall – Autunno (See? It is even easy to remember, just like Autumn.)
Halloween is gaining in popularity and sadly – no Thanksgiving. But not to worry, there is always some kind of sagra (festival) to attend. Think: Wine, cheese – basically fall is an eating fest. Told you it was a fab season.
Winter – Inverno
Natale (Christmas) – here many people get the whole week from Christmas to New Year’s (Capodanno) off. And if not, for sure work life is going to slow down. And don’t forget San Valentino (Valentine’s Day).
Of course I always associate Easter (Pasqua) with spring, even though it is often cold here for Easter. The day after Easter is called Pasquetta and it is also a holiday. The tradition is to picnic that day. (If it isn’t too cold of course).
Summer – Estate
Errr – the entire season is a fun happening for the Italians and “estate” is the ONLY word you need during this time of year.
So what is your favorite season?