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Easter Day in Italy

Quick Facts

Easter Day is a public holiday that is celebrated widely throughout Italy each year.

Local names

NameLanguage
PasquaItalian
Easter DayEnglish
OstersonntagGerman

Easter Day 2014

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Easter Day 2015

Sunday, April 5, 2015
List of dates for other years

Easter Day in Italy is a national holiday that commemorates Jesus Christ’s resurrection from death, as written in the Christian bible. The Easter date is set around the time of the March Equinox.

Jesus statue

Statues of Jesus are seen at parades, processions and festivities in Italy on Easter Day.

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What do people do?

Easter, or Pasqua in Italian, is a festive holiday throughout Italy. Religious parades and celebrations are held in many towns and cities nationwide. A statue of Jesus or his mother Mary is carried in street processions that involve large crowds of people. Easter meals vary, but include eggs, Easter pie, and lamb.

Public life

Easter Day is a public holiday in Italy. It also falls on Sunday. Organizations and businesses that are closed include:

Transport options, such as taxis, rail services between major cities and major long-route bus lines, are available on Easter Day but travelers are advised to check first with local transport authorities.

Background

Easter Sunday celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ, as written in the New Testament of the Christian bible. The roots of the Easter holiday’s traditions and activities can be traced back to pagan celebrations. The name Easter is believed to come from Eostara, the goddess of rebirth. Easter Day is not only celebrated in Italy but also in many countries worldwide.

Symbols

Eggs in Italian Easter dishes symbolize fertility, renewal and life.

About Easter Day in other countries

Read more about Easter Day.

Easter Day Observances

WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday type
SunApr 151990Easter DayNational holiday
SunMar 311991Easter DayNational holiday
SunApr 191992Easter DayNational holiday
SunApr 111993Easter DayNational holiday
SunApr 31994Easter DayNational holiday
SunApr 161995Easter DayNational holiday
SunApr 71996Easter DayNational holiday
SunMar 301997Easter DayNational holiday
SunApr 121998Easter DayNational holiday
SunApr 41999Easter DayNational holiday
SunApr 232000Easter DayNational holiday
SunApr 152001Easter DayNational holiday
SunMar 312002Easter DayNational holiday
SunApr 202003Easter DayNational holiday
SunApr 112004Easter DayNational holiday
SunMar 272005Easter DayNational holiday
SunApr 162006Easter DayNational holiday
SunApr 82007Easter DayNational holiday
SunMar 232008Easter DayNational holiday
SunApr 122009Easter DayNational holiday
SunApr 42010Easter DayNational holiday
SunApr 242011Easter DayNational holiday
SunApr 82012Easter DayNational holiday
SunMar 312013Easter DayNational holiday
SunApr 202014Easter DayNational holiday
SunApr 52015Easter DayNational holiday
SunMar 272016Easter DayNational holiday
SunApr 162017Easter DayNational holiday
SunApr 12018Easter DayNational holiday
SunApr 212019Easter DayNational holiday
SunApr 122020Easter DayNational holiday

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