Obviously the most common way is wishing BUONA FORTUNA (Good luck), but we also have other special ways, related to animals!
IN BOCCA AL LUPO (in the mouth of the wolf)
This is the most used sentence. And because going in the mouth of the wolf is definitely dangerous, you have to answer: CREPI! ( hoping he will die)....I know, poor wolf...
This is another way used all over Italy. What you have to answer to such a wishing?
CHE NON CAGHI! (hoping it won't poop)
IN GROPPA AL RICCIO (on the back of the hedgehog)
This is a less used way to wish good luck, but if somebody tells you this, just answer: SPERIAMO CHE DORMA A PANCIA IN SU! (let's hope it will sleep on its back).
BE AWARE!!! WHAT YOU CAN'T SAY!
Go with an IN BOCCA AL LUPO, and everything will be perfect! We care about Good Luck!
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