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Holidays in Italy

Being a Catholic country, most of the national holidays in Italy and her regions are religious based. They include holidays like saint’s days, religious feasts, Easter, and Christmas. On such holidays, the Italians are rewarded with a day off work and the entire country comes to a standstill with even the biggest tourist sites shutting up shop for the day. A typical national holiday in Italy is marked with church celebrations, festivals, parades, and big family feasts, and if it’s a political holiday, fireworks. Typically, this is a time that families gather and celebrate together. Large traditional Italian feasts are cooked, and the whole family, which is bound to include a number of generations, will sit around a large table and eat, drink and talk for hours. Heading out onto the streets in Italy is fun when there’s a celebration, but celebrating a national holiday with your Italian personal guide would be ideal. You’ll learn more about the culture, practice the Italian you’ve picked up and have a fun-filled day that will leave you with great memories of your Italian experience.

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Holiday Calendar in Italy

  • January: New Year’s is a happy celebration. Everyone meets in the many squares across the country. It’s also an important family time, and many families will stay at home together. January 6th is Epiphany, which is an important religious festival. The majority of people will go to church and then celebrate the day with their families.
  • March: Equinox marks the beginning of spring. It’s a day to spend with the family, wander around the public gardens and enjoy a lot of seasonal food.
  • March-April: Good Friday is a religious holiday marking the death of Jesus. Really religious families will often choose to fast. Easter Sunday celebrates the resurrection of Christ. The meal of lamb is served at Easter. Easter Monday is a public holiday and is usually marked with dinners with families, church, and a stroll in the city gardens.
  • April 25: Liberation Day celebrates Italy’s liberation from the Nazis. It’s celebrated with parades, and fireworks.
  • May 1: May Day is celebrated throughout Italy and it marks Labor Day. Everyone takes a day off work to attend a number of festivals throughout the city.
  • June 2: Republic Day marks the fall of the Italian monarch in 1946. The day consists of parades, parties and commemorative concerts.
  • November 1: All Saints’ Day is the day that Italy celebrates all of the saints of the Catholic Church.
  • December 25: Christmas Day marks the birth of Jesus, which is celebrated with Midnight Mass and a large family feast of pork, turkey, goose or lamb.
  • December 26: Saint Stephen’s Day is a family day. People will eat large family meals and walk about the city center visiting the Nativity scenes on display.

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