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Easter Day in Italy

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.
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:

  • Government offices.
  • Post offices.
  • Banks.
  • Schools and other educational institutions.

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.


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.


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 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

Quick Facts

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

Easter Day 2015

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Easter Day 2016

Sunday, March 27, 2016


Name in other languages

Easter DayEnglish

List of dates for other years

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