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Holidays in Rome

Compared to ancient times, Romans have very few days off for holidays, so when do have one, it’s a big celebration. Any excuse to get together with friends and family, the Romans are known for upholding their traditions and culture just like the people in the rest of Italy. Being a Catholic country, religious celebrations are a big deal. Typically any major religious feast in Rome sees the whole city shut down including all the major tourist sites, which shows their dedication to their culture. This would be a great opportunity for you to explore outside the tourist area of Rome and learn more about the local culture. The biggest religious feasts are celebrated in style and usually result in street parties and festivals. Major religious holidays in Rome, when you’re most likely to find everything shut, are Assumption, Immaculate Conception, Christmas, St. Stephen’s and Easter. If you know some locals, you’ll be most definitely invited to the family home where all generations celebrate under one roof. There’s the distinct attitude of ‘the more the merrier.’

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Major Holidays in Rome, Italy

  • January: New Year’s is a lively celebration and people gather in the many squares across the country. It’s also a family time, with many families preferring to stay together. January 6th marks Epiphany, which is a huge religious feast in Rome and the rest of Italy. Most people attend church and celebrate with their families at home.
  • March: Equinox marks the beginning of spring in Rome. People gather in families, clean their houses, and welcome a new start in Rome on March 20 or 21st.
  • March-April: Good Friday changes each year. This is a family orientated celebration, marking the death of Jesus. Everything’s closed and families eat meatless meals at home. A time for rejoicing, It celebrates the resurrection of Christ. Families attend mass on Easter Sunday morning and eat a blessed family breakfast. Easter Monday is officially a National Holiday in Italy, and all the major sites are closed.
  • April 25: Liberation Day in Italy is a national holiday. It celebrates the fall of Mussolini’s dictatorship and the end of the Nazi occupation.
  • May 1: May Day otherwise known as Labor Day in Italy is typically celebrated by attending festivals and concerts in Rome.
  • June 2: Republic Day, otherwise referred to as Festa della Republica celebrates the fall of the Italian monarchy in 1946. It’s celebrated with ceremonies in Rome, parades, and fireworks.
  • June 29: The Feasts of Saint Peter and Saint Paul honors the two patron saints of Rome. There are a number of religious rituals, music entertainment and fairs.
  • November 1: All Saints’ Day celebrates all the saints of the Catholic Church. Locals visit their family and friends, and it’s not uncommon to exchange small gifts.
  • December 25: Christmas Day celebrates the birth of Jesus. Children write to Father Christmas, Babbo Natale, and families eat a big feast of pork, turkey, lamb and tortellini.

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