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Italian Holidays: Important Events & Days Off for Italy

Italian Holidays: Important Events & Days Off for Italy

Summary:

In this brief post, we list the most popular Italian holidays, events, and days off so that you can better understand Italy.

Whether you’re about to travel to Italy or just keen on learning about the culture, check out our handy little calendar to learn about the different holidays and celebrations in Italy.

And as an added little bonus, we’ve listed the names of the months in the Italian language below the months’ names in English 🙂

Here’s our calendar of key Italian dates, national holidays, and important days in Italy:

January

gennaio

  • 1 January: New Year’s Day (Capodanno)
  • 6 January: Epiphany (Epifania)
  • 7 January: Flag Day (Giornata Nazionale della Bandiera.)

February

febbraio

  • 14 February: Valentine’s Day (Festa degli Innamorati.)

Related Read: Here’s why there are only 28 days in February

March

marzo

  • Varying Sunday: Palm Sunday (Domenica delle Palme. The Sunday preceding Easter Sunday.)
  • Varying Friday: Good Friday (Venerdì Santo. The Friday preceding Easter Sunday.)

April

aprile

  • Varying Sunday: Easter Sunday (Pasqua. Easter in “Western Christianity” is always on one Sunday between 22 March and 25 April on the Gregorian calendar, sometime during the first week after the astronomical full moon.)
  • Varying Monday: Easter Monday (Pasquetta. The Monday immediately following Easter Sunday.)
  • 25 April: Liberation Day (Festa della Liberazione.)

Related Read: Italy History: A Quick Timeline of Italian Historical Events

May

maggio

  • 1 May: International Workers’ Day (Festa dei Lavoratori. Known alternately as “May Day” or “Labor Day.”)

June

giugno

  • 2 June: Republic Day (Festa della Repubblica.)

July

luglio

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August

agosto

  • 15 August: Ferragosto
  • 15 August: Assumption Day (Assunta.)

September

settembre

  • 19 September: San Gennaro

October

ottobre

  • 4 October: San Petronio

November

novembre

  • 1 November: All Saints’ Day (Ognissanti.)

December

dicembre

  • 8 December: Immaculate Conception (Immacolata Concezione.)
  • 24 December: Christmas Eve (Vigilia di Natale.)
  • 25 December: Christmas (Natale.)
  • 26 December: St. Stephen’s Day (Santo Stefano.)
  • 31 December: New Year’s Eve (Vigilia di Capodanno.)
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