Republic Day in Italy: what it is and how it is celebrated

May 19, 2024 143

The Italian calendar includes 12 national holidays, plus a whole series of other "lesser" holidays that are celebrated only in some cities, such as those dedicated to patron saints. Among these special days, the Republic Day, in italian Festa della Repubblica, is one of the most heartfelt by the population, despite the fact that, for historical reasons, it has existed for less than a century.

It is a secular holiday established, as can be easily deduced from the name, to commemorate the birth of the Republic in Italy that dates back to the end of the Second World War. In fact, a referendum was held shortly after the end of the conflict to decide which form of government to give to the nation. The country, which until then had been a monarchy, was transformed into a republic. 

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