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Epiphany in Italy

Quick Facts

Epiphany is a national holiday in Italy celebrated annually on January 6.

Local names

NameLanguage
EpifaniaItalian
EpiphanyEnglish
Heilige Drei KönigeGerman

Epiphany 2014

Monday, January 6, 2014

Epiphany 2015

Tuesday, January 6, 2015
List of dates for other years

Epiphany is celebrated in Italy on January 6 every year. This holiday is based on the story of the three wise men (or kings) offering Jesus gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.

Image of the Nativity scene, 3 wise men adoring baby Jesus.

Epiphany: a holiday that commemorates the three wise men's visit to Jesus.

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What do people do?

The Epiphany feast, known as La Befana, is an important part of the Christmas festivities in Italy. La Befana originates from a fairytale about a woman who flies on a broomstick bringing presents to children in Italy. La Befana is believed to be searching for baby Jesus, hence why she bears gifts for children. Many cities and towns in Italy organize festivities and parades to celebrate Epiphany on January 6.

Public life

Epiphany is a public holiday in Italy. Organizations and businesses that are closed on January 6 include:

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

Background

Epiphany commemorates the first two occasions on which Jesus’ divinity, according to Christian belief, was manifested: when the three kings (also known as wise men or Magi) visited infant Jesus in Bethlehem, and when John the Baptist baptized him in the River Jordan.

Symbols

In Italy, La Befana is loved as much as Santa Claus. She is usually portrayed as an old woman who wears a black shawl and rides a broomstick. Figures of this character are sold in shops in Italy around January 6.

About Epiphany in other countries

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Epiphany Observances

WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday type
SatJan 61990EpiphanyNational holiday
SunJan 61991EpiphanyNational holiday
MonJan 61992EpiphanyNational holiday
WedJan 61993EpiphanyNational holiday
ThuJan 61994EpiphanyNational holiday
FriJan 61995EpiphanyNational holiday
SatJan 61996EpiphanyNational holiday
MonJan 61997EpiphanyNational holiday
TueJan 61998EpiphanyNational holiday
WedJan 61999EpiphanyNational holiday
ThuJan 62000EpiphanyNational holiday
SatJan 62001EpiphanyNational holiday
SunJan 62002EpiphanyNational holiday
MonJan 62003EpiphanyNational holiday
TueJan 62004EpiphanyNational holiday
ThuJan 62005EpiphanyNational holiday
FriJan 62006EpiphanyNational holiday
SatJan 62007EpiphanyNational holiday
SunJan 62008EpiphanyNational holiday
TueJan 62009EpiphanyNational holiday
WedJan 62010EpiphanyNational holiday
ThuJan 62011EpiphanyNational holiday
FriJan 62012EpiphanyNational holiday
SunJan 62013EpiphanyNational holiday
MonJan 62014EpiphanyNational holiday
TueJan 62015EpiphanyNational holiday
WedJan 62016EpiphanyNational holiday
FriJan 62017EpiphanyNational holiday
SatJan 62018EpiphanyNational holiday
SunJan 62019EpiphanyNational holiday
MonJan 62020EpiphanyNational holiday

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