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Festivals & Events

Festivals & Events

The following days are public holidays in Italy:

DateEnglish NameLocal NameRemarks
1 JanuaryNew Year's DayCapodanno 
6 JanuaryEpiphanyEpifania 
Monday after EasterEaster MondayLunedì dell'Angelo, Lunedì in Albis or more commonly Pasquetta 
25 AprilLiberation DayFesta della LiberazioneLiberation of Italy from Nazi Germany, 1945
1 MayInternational Workers' DayFesta del Lavoro (or Festa dei Lavoratori) 
2 JuneRepublic DayFesta della RepubblicaBirth of the Italian Republic, 1946
15 AugustFerragosto/Assumption DayFerragosto and Assunzione 
1 NovemberAll Saints' DayTutti i santi (or Ognissanti) 
8 DecemberImmaculate ConceptionImmacolata Concezione (or just Immacolata) 
25 DecemberChristmas DayNatale 
26 DecemberSt. Stephen's DaySanto Stefano 

In addition each city or town celebrates a public holiday on the occasion of the festival of the local patron saint: for example, Rome - 29 June (SS. Peter and Paul), Milan - 7 December (S. Ambrose). In South Tyrol, the holiday is instead on Whit Monday (which is also a public holiday in North Tyrol and the rest of German-speaking Europe).

Public holidays and local saints' days are not transferred when they fall on a weekend. The number of working days given over to public holidays therefore varies year by year.

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

DateEnglish NameLocal NameRemarks
7 JanuaryFlag DayFesta del tricoloreMade a national day by
law no. 671 of 31 December 1996.
27 JanuaryInternational Holocaust Remembrance DayGiorno della MemoriaMade a national day by
law no. 211 of 20 July 2000.
17 MarchAnniversary of the Unification of ItalyAnniversario dell'Unità d'ItaliaOnly in 2011 for the 150th anniversary.
4 NovemberNational Unity and Armed Forces DayGiorno dell'Unità Nazionale e
Festa delle Forze Armate
A public holiday from his inception in 1919 up to 1977, this marked the anniversary of the ratification of the Armistice of Villa Giusti between Italy and Austria-Hungary.

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