Holidays in ItalyPosted: 04/27/2011
The Italian lifestyle is slower than ours in the United States. It may seem as though Italy is constantly on holiday.
There really aren’t many more holidays here than in the United States. Because the Roman Catholic Church is part of the government here, many holidays revolve around Catholic Holy Days.
Many times, people take the day after a holiday off. Not all businesses close the day after a holiday, but you can’t count on everything being open either.
Here is the list of holidays I know about:
- January 1 — New Year’s Day
- January 6 –Epiphany
- April 25 — Liberation Day (Commemorating WWII liberation)
- Easter Weekend — Monday is a holiday too
- May 1 — Labor Day
- June 2 — Anniversary of the Republic
- August 15 — Assumption of the Virgin Mary
- September 8 — Sighting of the Virgin Mary at Monte Berico
- November 1 — All Saints Day
- December 8 — Immaculate Conception
- December 25 — Christmas
- December 26 — St. Stephen’s Day
The Christmas Season begins officially on December 8. If you choose to shop this day, it will feel like the day after Thanksgiving in the U.S.
What holidays did I miss? Share with me!