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The Feast of St. Peter and St. Paul (Rome) in Italy

The Feast of St Peter and St Paul (La Festa di San Pietro e Paolo) is an annual public holiday in Rome, Italy on June 29. It honors the Catholic saints Peter and Paul.

Statue of St Paul in front of St Peter's Basilica in Vatican City, Italy.
Statue of St Paul in front of St Peter's Basilica in Vatican City, Italy.

What Do People Do?

Every year, Rome celebrates its patron saints Peter and Paul with various religious rituals led by the Catholic church’s pope. Other events include music entertainment, fireworks, and fairs.

Public Life

The Feast of Saints Peter and Paul is a public holiday in Rome so many businesses and public offices are closed.

Background

St Peter was one of Jesus Christ’s 12 apostles and spent most of his life preaching the Christian gospel after Jesus’ death. He died by crucifixion around 67 CE and is regarded as the Catholic church’s first pope.

St Paul, formerly known as Saul of Tarsus, was converted to Christianity on the road to Damascus shortly after Jesus Christ’s death. He became an influential leader in the Christian church. He was beheaded around the year 67 CE during the Roman emperor Nero’s persecution of the Christians.

Symbols

On the Feast of St Peter and St Paul, the Catholic pope places the pallium (a type of woolen cloak) on archbishops that were appointed over the past year. It serves as a reminder of religious significance of the bishops’ work and symbolizes the unity of the church.

The Feast of St. Peter and St. Paul (Rome) Observances

WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday Type
TueJun 292010The Feast of St. Peter and St. Paul (Rome)Local holiday
WedJun 292011The Feast of St. Peter and St. Paul (Rome)Local holiday
FriJun 292012The Feast of St. Peter and St. Paul (Rome)Local holiday
SatJun 292013The Feast of St. Peter and St. Paul (Rome)Local holiday
SunJun 292014The Feast of St. Peter and St. Paul (Rome)Local holiday
MonJun 292015The Feast of St. Peter and St. Paul (Rome)Local holiday
WedJun 292016The Feast of St. Peter and St. Paul (Rome)Local holiday
ThuJun 292017The Feast of St. Peter and St. Paul (Rome)Local holiday
FriJun 292018The Feast of St. Peter and St. Paul (Rome)Local holiday
SatJun 292019The Feast of St. Peter and St. Paul (Rome)Local holiday
MonJun 292020The Feast of St. Peter and St. Paul (Rome)Local holiday

Quick Facts

Rome, in Italy, celebrates its own local holiday, the Feast of Saints Peter and Paul on June 29 each year.

The Feast of St. Peter and St. Paul (Rome) 2016

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

The Feast of St. Peter and St. Paul (Rome) 2017

Thursday, June 29, 2017

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Name in other languages

NameLanguage
La festa di San Pietro e Paolo (Roma)Italian
The Feast of St. Peter and St. Paul (Rome)English
St. Peter und PaulGerman

List of dates for other years

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Other holidays in June 2016 in Italy

Fun Holiday on June 29, 2016

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