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Advanced Italian

Ch. 6

la Befana a benevolent witch who brings toys to good children and coal to bad ones on Jan 6 (Epiphany)
il Capodanno New Year's Day
la colomba traditional Easter cake in the shape of a dove
il discorso speech
i fuochi artificiali fireworks
il Natale Christmas
il pandoro traditional Christmas cake
il panettone traditional Christmas cake
la Pasqua Easter
il patrono patron
la Quaresima Lent
la sfilata parade
il torrone traditional Christmas nougat
le uova di Pasqua chocolate Easter eggs
l'amuleto amulet
il/la chiromante fortune teller
fare le corna to knock on wood
In buca al luppo!/Creppi il lupo! Good luck!/Thank you!
il malocchio evil eye
portare fortuna to bring luck
portare sfortuna to bring bad luck
scaramantico/a superstitious
la scaramanzia, lo scongiuro superstitious practice
scongiurare to ward off bad luck
il soprannaturale supernatural
il talismano talisman
toccare ferro to knock on wood (literally to touch iron)
tramandare to pass down, to transmit
la cultura contadina peasant culture
la favola, la fiaba fairy tale, fable
il folklore folklore
il gesto gesture
stagionale seasonal
l'usanza, gli usi, i costumi customs
Created by: katydid