Holidays in Italy

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!

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2 Comments on “Holidays in Italy”

  1. Peg Crippen says:

    Samantha, I have a love/hate relationship with the slower pace of life in Italy. I am so Americanized, I want to shop at 9 P.M. However, I am loving the “reposo” time in the afternoon where everything shuts down. I nap with my toddler! Easter was beautiful here, however my language learning skills are limiting how much I can enjoy everything. I need to practice my Italian more than I do, for sure. Thanks for your comment!

  2. How beautiful, Peg! I didn’t realize that Italians also lived a slower lifestyle. I thought that slowing down only happened in developing countries!

    What was your Easter like? It must have been beautiful there with the Catholic Church having so much influence! =) In Peru, we had tons of parades and food festivals!

    P.S. Thank you so much for commenting on my Yellow Brick Road article on breaking into freelance writing! I completely identify with having varied interests and I absolutely love how you mention “travel” and “child development” in your Gravatar profile. Those are two of my favorites! =)


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