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The Feast of St Mark in Italy

Quick Facts

The Italian city of Venice has its own local public holiday, St Mark’s Day (Festa di San Marco) on April 25 each year.

Local names

NameLanguage
La Festa di San MarcoItalian
The Feast of St MarkEnglish
St. Markus (Venedig)German

The Feast of St Mark 2014

Friday, April 25, 2014

The Feast of St Mark 2015

Saturday, April 25, 2015
List of dates for other years

The Feast of St Mark (La Festa di San Marco) is an annual local public holiday in Venice, Italy, on April 25. It honors St Mark, the city’s patron saint, and coincides with Liberation Day.

Gondolas at the Grand Canal in Venice, Italy.

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What do people do?

One of the highlights during the Feast of St Mark is the Regata di Traghetti, a boat race featuring gondoliers who compete while transporting passengers in their gondolas.
Other events in Venice around this time of the year include:

Public life

St Mark’s Day is a local public holiday in Venice so many businesses and public offices are closed.

Background

St Mark (San Marco) is Venice’s patron saint who died on April 25 in 68 CE. He was one of Jesus Christ’s disciples and believed to be author of the Gospel of Mark. It is believed that the relics of St Mark were moved to Venice in 828 CE, where it attracted pilgrims from around Europe.

Symbols

One tradition associated with St Mark’s festival was the Festival of the Blooming Rose, symbolizing love and romance. The custom of giving a rose bud (bocolo) to a loved one is still practiced today.

The Feast of St Mark Observances

WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday type
WedApr 251990The Feast of St MarkLocal holiday
ThuApr 251991The Feast of St MarkLocal holiday
SatApr 251992The Feast of St MarkLocal holiday
SunApr 251993The Feast of St MarkLocal holiday
MonApr 251994The Feast of St MarkLocal holiday
TueApr 251995The Feast of St MarkLocal holiday
ThuApr 251996The Feast of St MarkLocal holiday
FriApr 251997The Feast of St MarkLocal holiday
SatApr 251998The Feast of St MarkLocal holiday
SunApr 251999The Feast of St MarkLocal holiday
TueApr 252000The Feast of St MarkLocal holiday
WedApr 252001The Feast of St MarkLocal holiday
ThuApr 252002The Feast of St MarkLocal holiday
FriApr 252003The Feast of St MarkLocal holiday
SunApr 252004The Feast of St MarkLocal holiday
MonApr 252005The Feast of St MarkLocal holiday
TueApr 252006The Feast of St MarkLocal holiday
WedApr 252007The Feast of St MarkLocal holiday
FriApr 252008The Feast of St MarkLocal holiday
SatApr 252009The Feast of St MarkLocal holiday
SunApr 252010The Feast of St MarkLocal holiday
MonApr 252011The Feast of St MarkLocal holiday
WedApr 252012The Feast of St MarkLocal holiday
ThuApr 252013The Feast of St MarkLocal holiday
FriApr 252014The Feast of St MarkLocal holiday
SatApr 252015The Feast of St MarkLocal holiday
MonApr 252016The Feast of St MarkLocal holiday
TueApr 252017The Feast of St MarkLocal holiday
WedApr 252018The Feast of St MarkLocal holiday
ThuApr 252019The Feast of St MarkLocal holiday
SatApr 252020The Feast of St MarkLocal holiday

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Other holidays in April 2014 in Italy

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