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Holidays & Observances in Italy

Italy is a south European peninsula in the Mediterranean. It is one of the most important countries in the world to western history. Both the Roman Empire and the Renaissance movement were born in Italy and have greatly affected the rest of the western world. This is particularly true in the arts. From Italian Renaissance masters such as Michelangelo and Leonardo di Vinci, to musical geniuses such as Vivaldi and Verdi Italians have made a huge mark on every form of art. Today Italians excel in the modern world while maintaining a strong connection to their past. Roman Catholicism is almost the exclusive religion of Italy. It even finds its home base in the Vatican City, which, although not technically part of Italy, is located in Rome. Religious holidays are celebrated universally throughout the country. Today Italy is probably best known for its world renowned food and wine, so no holiday celebration would be complete without them.


Country Observances

Holiday Date Country Holiday Observance Type Religion/Belief
Feast of the Immaculate Conception Religious/Beliefs Christianity, Catholic
Christmas Eve Religious/Beliefs, Popular & Widely Observed Christianity
Christmas Religious/Beliefs Christianity
Boxing Day - St. Stephen's Day Religious/Beliefs Christianity
New Year's Day Popular & Widely Observed
Epiphany Religious/Beliefs Christianity
Mardi Gras - Shrove Tuesday / Fat Tuesday Religious/Beliefs Christianity
International Women's Day Popular & Widely Observed
Good Friday Religious/Beliefs Christianity
Easter Religious/Beliefs, Popular & Widely Observed Christianity
Easter Monday Religious/Beliefs Christianity
Liberation Day Public
Liberation Day Italy Public
Labour Day / May Day Public, Popular & Widely Observed
Ascension Day Religious/Beliefs Christianity
Republic Day Italy Public
Republic Day Italy Public
Assumption of Mary Religious/Beliefs Christianity
Feast of St. Francis of Assisi Religious/Beliefs Christianity, Catholic
All Saints' Day Religious/Beliefs Christianity, Catholic
Advent Religious/Beliefs Christianity