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The Feast of St. Ambrose (Milan) in Italy

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The Feast of Saint Ambrose is a day off for most people in Milan, one of Italy’s largest cities, on December 7 every year.

Local names

NameLanguage
Festa di Sant'Ambrogio (Milano)Italian
The Feast of St. Ambrose (Milan)English
St. Ambrosius (Mailand)German

The Feast of St. Ambrose (Milan) 2014

Sunday, December 7, 2014

The Feast of St. Ambrose (Milan) 2015

Monday, December 7, 2015
List of dates for other years

The northern Italian city of Milan celebrates St Ambrose’s Day, also known as the Feast of St Ambrose or St Ambrogio's Day, as a public holiday on December 7.

Depiction of St Ambrose (center right) refusing Theodosius (center left) church entry.

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Celebrate the Feast of St Ambrose

Milan celebrates the feast of its patron saint, St. Ambrose, with a special church service at one of the city’s oldest churches, the Basilica of Sant'Ambrogio. Another highlight of the day is the Oh Bej! Oh Bej! street market. The streets near the piazza Sant’Ambrogio are busy with people trying an assortment of different local food and drinks, as well as a market of arts and crafts stalls.

Public life

Organizations that are closed in Milan on St Ambrose’s Day include:

However, bars, restaurants and the shops in the city center tend to stay open. Travelers intending to use public transport on public holidays are advised to check routes and timetables with the local transport authorities.

About the Feast of St Ambrose

Aurelius Ambrosius (340 CE–397 CE) was born in Treves (Trier), Gaul. He trained as a lawyer and became governor of Milan before he was appointed as the city’s bishop in 374 CE. He wrote about the scriptures, composed many hymns, devoted his time to studying theology and gave his possessions to the poor.

St Ambrose was known for denying church entrance to emperor Theodosius I for his massacre of about 7000 people in Thessalonica in 390. He also had considerable influence over St Augustine, an early Christian Saint whose writings were widely read.

The Feast of St. Ambrose (Milan) Observances

WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday type
FriDec 71990The Feast of St. Ambrose (Milan)Local holiday
SatDec 71991The Feast of St. Ambrose (Milan)Local holiday
MonDec 71992The Feast of St. Ambrose (Milan)Local holiday
TueDec 71993The Feast of St. Ambrose (Milan)Local holiday
WedDec 71994The Feast of St. Ambrose (Milan)Local holiday
ThuDec 71995The Feast of St. Ambrose (Milan)Local holiday
SatDec 71996The Feast of St. Ambrose (Milan)Local holiday
SunDec 71997The Feast of St. Ambrose (Milan)Local holiday
MonDec 71998The Feast of St. Ambrose (Milan)Local holiday
TueDec 71999The Feast of St. Ambrose (Milan)Local holiday
ThuDec 72000The Feast of St. Ambrose (Milan)Local holiday
FriDec 72001The Feast of St. Ambrose (Milan)Local holiday
SatDec 72002The Feast of St. Ambrose (Milan)Local holiday
SunDec 72003The Feast of St. Ambrose (Milan)Local holiday
TueDec 72004The Feast of St. Ambrose (Milan)Local holiday
WedDec 72005The Feast of St. Ambrose (Milan)Local holiday
ThuDec 72006The Feast of St. Ambrose (Milan)Local holiday
FriDec 72007The Feast of St. Ambrose (Milan)Local holiday
SunDec 72008The Feast of St. Ambrose (Milan)Local holiday
MonDec 72009The Feast of St. Ambrose (Milan)Local holiday
TueDec 72010The Feast of St. Ambrose (Milan)Local holiday
WedDec 72011The Feast of St. Ambrose (Milan)Local holiday
FriDec 72012The Feast of St. Ambrose (Milan)Local holiday
SatDec 72013The Feast of St. Ambrose (Milan)Local holiday
SunDec 72014The Feast of St. Ambrose (Milan)Local holiday
MonDec 72015The Feast of St. Ambrose (Milan)Local holiday
WedDec 72016The Feast of St. Ambrose (Milan)Local holiday
ThuDec 72017The Feast of St. Ambrose (Milan)Local holiday
FriDec 72018The Feast of St. Ambrose (Milan)Local holiday
SatDec 72019The Feast of St. Ambrose (Milan)Local holiday
MonDec 72020The Feast of St. Ambrose (Milan)Local holiday

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