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Italian Holidays

Moving to a new country has all sorts of novelties including a few new holidays to get used to. So before being the odd one racing to work on a day in which you could have stayed in bed, jot down these national holidays:

January 1st– New Year’s Day or Capodanno
January 6th– Epiphany or Epifania
Monday after Easter– Known as lunedì dell’angeloor simply as pasquetta
April 25th– Liberation Day, marks the liberation of Italy from the Axis Powers during WWII.
May 1st– Labor Day
June 2nd– Republic Day in celebration of the birth of the Italian Republic
August 15th– Assumption Day also known as Ferragosto
November 1st– All Saint’s Day or Ognissanti
December 8th– Immaculate Conception
December 25th– Christmas Day
December 26th– St. Stephen’s Day

In addition to these dates, each city celebrates its local patron saint, for example December 7th is a holiday in honor of Saint Ambrose, the patron saint of the city of Milan.

Also, if this is your first time living in Italy, do keep in mind that whenever a holiday falls on a Tuesday or Thursday there is usually a ponte. This means that you have a long weekend because you take the Monday or Friday off. Don’t be surprised if all of a sudden things ‘shut down’ in August. August is almost synonymous with summer vacations and most offices close completely for the two central weeks if not the whole month.

So adjust your agenda and plan your holidays taking these key dates into account.

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