Saturday, September 18, 2021

Festivals & Holidays in Italy

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Public holidays in Italy

DateEnglish nameLocal name
1 JanuaryNew Year’s DayCapodanno
6 JanuaryEpiphanyEpifania
Monday after EasterEaster MondayAngel Monday, Albism Monday
25 aprilLiberation DayLiberation Day
1 MayInternational Workers’ DayLabour Day (or Workers’ Day)
2 JuneRepublic DayBirth of the Italian Republic, 1946
15 AugustFerragosto/Assumption DayAugust and Assumption
1 NovemberAll Saints’ Day
8 DecemberImmaculate ConceptionImmaculate Conception (ou simplement Immacolata)
25 DecemberChristmas Day
Boxing DaySaint Stephen’s DaySanto Stefano

In addition, each city or village celebrates a holiday on the occasion of the feast of the local patron saint: for example, Rome – 29 June (SS Peter and Paul), Milan – 7 December (S Ambrose). In South Tyrol, the holiday tends to be Whit Monday (which is also a holiday in North Tyrol and the rest of the German-speaking world).

Public holidays and local saints’ days are not carried over if they fall on a weekend. The number of working days that fall on public holidays therefore varies from year to year.

The following days are not public holidays, but are nevertheless fixed by law:

DateEnglish nameLocal nameComments
7 JanuaryFlag DayFesta del tricoloreMade a national day by
Law No. 671 of 31 December 1996.
27 JanuaryInternational Holocaust Memorial DayGiorno della MemoriaMade a national day by
Law No. 211 of 20 July 2000.
17 MarchAnniversary of the Unification of ItalyAnniversary of the Unification of ItalyOnly in 2011 for the 150th anniversary.
4 NovemberNational Unity Day and Armed Forces DayNational Unity Day and Armed Forces DayThis date was a public holiday from 1919 to 1977 and marked the anniversary of the ratification of the Villa Giusti Armistice between Italy and Austria-Hungary.