State and national holidays in Italy
If you ask any person what he knows about Italy, the first likely to be a mention of the unusual shape of the peninsula in the form of a boot. Then remember loud conversations with gesticulation. And of course, the bright actors from the movie "The Taming of the Shrew". And what do you know about Italy you?
Holidays in Italy
Italy is not just a country of hot sun, siesta and bright unusual people. This is the birthplace of many talented people: Dante, Verdi, Visconti, Bellucci, Armani. Italians are people who can turn every day into a big event.
There is a law that in each region there should be a certain number of national, state, regional and city holidays. The number of days off can not exceed fourteen calendar days, of which nine are state, and only two are regional.
Despite such a framework, holidays are held daily in every city, town or village. The Italians are faithful Catholics and honor the days of the memory of all saints. At this time, small processions can be seen on the streets, in the middle of which the stretcher with the relics of the revered saint must pass.
Although the Italians like big and noisy companies, the national holidays of Italy are just a few days a year. These days are officially declared days off. Throughout the country can hear the noise and din, and mass celebrations on the central squares give an unforgettable experience.
What holidays in Italy are called national?
- New Year (celebrated from December 31 to January 1);
- Theophany (6 January);
- Easter (the date changes annually);
- Easter Monday;
- Christmas (December 25);
- All Saints' Day (November 1).
Official solemn days
A rich historical past formed a number of days, which every Italian is obliged to note. Public holidays in Italy are celebrated on a grand scale, remembering the names of those who are directly related to them.
- Day of liberation from fascist troops (April 25).
- Labor Day (May 1).
- Day of the Italian Republic (June 2).
How do celebrate New Year holidays in Italy?
Celebrating the New Year, the inhabitants of Italy begin on December 31. As expected, this evening tables are bursting with all kinds of dishes, and the houses are full of enthusiasm and fun. New Year for Italians - a mass celebration, which must necessarily be held in a large company.
New Year's Day is a weekend. All drinking establishments, shops, state institutions are closed. Do not be surprised by the large number of people on the streets. Carnivals, funny games and competitions are held directly in squares and streets.
January 6, at Christmas, the Italians celebrate the Epiphany. Zealous Catholics, residents of the country demonstrate sketches from the Bible. Such miniatures tell how a little Jesus appeared in the world. The patroness of this holiday and his protector is the witch of Befan or Stefan. She brings small memorable gifts, recalling that the kings who came to visit Jesus presented him with gifts.
New Year's holidays in Italy are celebrated on a grand scale. Fun, noisy companies and a lot of positive emotions should set the tone for the whole new year.
In addition to all known days, each nation has many holidays, speaking of its originality and primordially local activities related to agriculture, folk handicrafts that have helped people survive for more than a century.
So, the locals can boast of a Holiday of young wine. In Italy, it is celebrated in early November. Only after this day and until the end of December winemakers can offer new wine to the judges of the fine drink.
The official date for the opening of the new wine tasting season is called 11 November. Wine saved, or St. Martin's Day. Since that moment, everyone can taste wine in small cellars-restaurants.
Young wine, or Novello - a dry red wine with berry notes, which is produced from the grapes of Cabernet, Sauvignon and Merlot varieties, becomes the main attraction in the Holiday of young wine in Italy. Its worth a try!
What is special about the solemn days in Italy?
Many holidays in Italy have become a world heritage. If in the Middle Ages these days were known only at the level of the region, the maximum of the country, then tourists from all over the world come to admire the unusual action today.
Celebrate this interesting event twice a year - July 2 and August 16. In the historic town called Siena in the central square, horse racing without a harness is arranged. Ten riders out of ten contrasts with the historically formed names (Eagle, Snail, Dragon, Forest, etc.) must gallop three circles of 333 meters. Whose horse comes first, he won.
But winding streets with sharp turns are very insidious. Hasty horses and strive to throw rider from the back. The one whose horse comes without a rider is considered a loser, and a fast horse is ensured fame and honor. And most importantly - a delicious reward.
Feast of lanterns in Florence
Every year on September 6-7, on the eve of the Nativity of the Virgin, a mass of pilgrims, merchants and tourists flock to Florence. Here, from the very morning, the fair of goods is held, and by the evening on the deserted streets from the Basilica of Santa Croce and to the Square of Santissima-Annuciata, led by the cardinal, there is a colorful procession with colored lanterns with candles inside.
This tradition appeared in the 17th century and has survived to the present day. One of the reasons for its origin is considered to be the desire of traders, by the winter sale of the harvested crop, podnakopit money. And according to another version, it was invented to honor the patroness of Florence - the Mother of God.
The Italians are devout, deeply religious people. National holidays in Italy are associated with the respect and reverence of the inhabitants of the country to the patron saints. What began as an opportunity to sell your goods, to respect the attention and gifts of relatives and friends, became the property of the people.
If you manage to get to Italy during the celebration of any important date, join us! Italians like big feasts, treats a lot and delicious. And most importantly - such active and good-natured people still have to look.
But there are small nuances that are worth remembering when going on vacation.
- Christmas is a family holiday. In Italy, it is customary to spend New Year's and Christmas's days with the family.
- Easter is a time of folk festivities, outdoor games, picnics. On Easter Monday (compulsory day off), all Italians go on a picnic outside the city.
- On the Day of Liberation, those who took part in the war against fascist Germany are remembered. The reconstruction of those events, festive marathons, concerts and parades are traditional.
- For Italians, all the holidays, memorable dates and days of memory of all saints, especially the patrons of cities, are important.