Keep the questions coming! I will try to answer then! When should we visit Italy? As soon and as often as you can. What are the holidays? Many of you have asked about Italian Holidays – well, here is what I have discovered –
It takes government action to declare a public holiday. Workers – I’m guessing full time not contract or part time – are entitled to a day off with full pay. If they have to work – like there is a giant sale at the mall – they must be paid 2.5 times their normal rate. Do not get sick, have your car breakdown or any other emergency on a public holiday. Very little is open and hospitals are understaffed. No really – do not get sick in August either.
Here is the list of Italian Public Holidays –
|January 01||Capodanno||New Year’s Day|
|January o6||Epifania (La Befana!)||Epiphany|
|Monday After Easter||Pasquetta||Easer Monday|
|April 25||Festa Della Liberazione||Liberation Day|
|May 01||Festa del Lavoro||Labor Day – May Day|
|June 02||Festa della Repubblica||Republic Day|
|August 15||Ferragosto||Assumption Day|
|November 01||Ognissanti||All Saints Day|
|December o8||Immacolata Concezione (This is the beginning of the Christmas season.)||Immaculate Conception Day|
|December 25||Natale||Christmas Day|
|December 26||Santo Stefano||St Stephens Day|
Religious and – as Jack call’s them –
Greeting Card and Flower Shop Holidays –
|March 19||Festa di San Giuseppe||St. Joseph’s / Father’s Day|
|February 14||Festa degli Innamorati||St. Valentine’s Day|
|February||Carnevale||Mardi Gras/ Fat Tuesday|
|Second Sunday in May||Festa Della Mamma||Mother’s Day|
|November 2||I giorno dei Morti||Day of the Dead|
|September 19||San Gennaro||Naple’s Patron Saint|
|May 21||San Rita||Procession & Blessing of Cars|
|June 13||San Antonio||Procession|
|1st Week in August||San Salvatore||7 day festa, film festival, venders, rides, entertainment|
|August 16||San Rocco||Procession|
All of the small villages in our province take their holidays seriously. There is an incredible communal feeling to be part of a procession, share a panini on the street, listen to the music and know that you are part of a larger family.
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2 thoughts on “Italian Public Holidays”
It is interesting that they have only 10 “public holidays” same number as we do.
Nice touch with the link to the cooking site