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The Feast of St. John (Florence, Genoa, Turin) in Italy

Quick Facts

Florence, Turin and Genoa, in Italy, celebrate their own local holiday, the Feast of St John (Festa di San Giovanni) on June 24 each year.

Local names

NameLanguage
La Festa di San GiovanniItalian
The Feast of St. John (Florence, Genoa, Turin)English
Johannes der Täufer (Florenz, Genua, Turin)German

The Feast of St. John (Florence, Genoa, Turin) 2014

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

The Feast of St. John (Florence, Genoa, Turin) 2015

Wednesday, June 24, 2015
List of dates for other years

The Feast of St John (La Festa di San Giovanni) is an annual public holiday in the Italian cities of Florence, Turin, and Genoa on June 24. It honors St John, also known as John the Baptist.

Stone carving of John the Baptist, patron saint of Florence, Genoa and Turin.

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What do people do?

In Florence, a parade traditionally occurs at the city center, followed by fireworks over the Arno River in the evening. A popular activity while watching the fireworks is eating gelato, which is similar to ice cream. In both Turin and Genoa (Genova), Festa di San Giovanni events span over 2 days, June 23-24, and include parades, music, sporting events, fireworks, and traditional bonfires.

Public life

St John’s Day is a public holiday in Florence, Genoa and Turin so many businesses and public offices are closed.

Background

St John (San Giovanni) is Florence’s patron saint who was beheaded around the year 30 CE. He was a preacher and religious figure during Jesus' lifetime. Baptism rituals in the Jordan River were an important part of his ministry.  St John’s birthday is celebrated on June 24 in many churches.

Symbols

Images of St John the Baptist often depict him wearing a camel-skin robe and with a cross and a lamb. He is often shown baptizing people, particularly Jesus. It is believed that the Cathedral of San Lorenzo in Genoa keeps relics such as John the Baptist’s ashes.

The Feast of St. John (Florence, Genoa, Turin) Observances

WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday type
SunJun 241990The Feast of St. John (Florence, Genoa, Turin)Local holiday
MonJun 241991The Feast of St. John (Florence, Genoa, Turin)Local holiday
WedJun 241992The Feast of St. John (Florence, Genoa, Turin)Local holiday
ThuJun 241993The Feast of St. John (Florence, Genoa, Turin)Local holiday
FriJun 241994The Feast of St. John (Florence, Genoa, Turin)Local holiday
SatJun 241995The Feast of St. John (Florence, Genoa, Turin)Local holiday
MonJun 241996The Feast of St. John (Florence, Genoa, Turin)Local holiday
TueJun 241997The Feast of St. John (Florence, Genoa, Turin)Local holiday
WedJun 241998The Feast of St. John (Florence, Genoa, Turin)Local holiday
ThuJun 241999The Feast of St. John (Florence, Genoa, Turin)Local holiday
SatJun 242000The Feast of St. John (Florence, Genoa, Turin)Local holiday
SunJun 242001The Feast of St. John (Florence, Genoa, Turin)Local holiday
MonJun 242002The Feast of St. John (Florence, Genoa, Turin)Local holiday
TueJun 242003The Feast of St. John (Florence, Genoa, Turin)Local holiday
ThuJun 242004The Feast of St. John (Florence, Genoa, Turin)Local holiday
FriJun 242005The Feast of St. John (Florence, Genoa, Turin)Local holiday
SatJun 242006The Feast of St. John (Florence, Genoa, Turin)Local holiday
SunJun 242007The Feast of St. John (Florence, Genoa, Turin)Local holiday
TueJun 242008The Feast of St. John (Florence, Genoa, Turin)Local holiday
WedJun 242009The Feast of St. John (Florence, Genoa, Turin)Local holiday
ThuJun 242010The Feast of St. John (Florence, Genoa, Turin)Local holiday
FriJun 242011The Feast of St. John (Florence, Genoa, Turin)Local holiday
SunJun 242012The Feast of St. John (Florence, Genoa, Turin)Local holiday
MonJun 242013The Feast of St. John (Florence, Genoa, Turin)Local holiday
TueJun 242014The Feast of St. John (Florence, Genoa, Turin)Local holiday
WedJun 242015The Feast of St. John (Florence, Genoa, Turin)Local holiday
FriJun 242016The Feast of St. John (Florence, Genoa, Turin)Local holiday
SatJun 242017The Feast of St. John (Florence, Genoa, Turin)Local holiday
SunJun 242018The Feast of St. John (Florence, Genoa, Turin)Local holiday
MonJun 242019The Feast of St. John (Florence, Genoa, Turin)Local holiday
WedJun 242020The Feast of St. John (Florence, Genoa, Turin)Local holiday

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