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New Year's Eve in Italy

New Year’s Eve, also known as St Sylvester’s Feast (La Festa di San Silvestro) in Italy, falls on December 31. It is a festive time of the year for many Italians in the lead up to New Year’s Day.

A masquerade party.
New Year's Eve is a festive occasion that is celebrated by many Italians.
New Year's Eve is a festive occasion that is celebrated by many Italians.
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What Do People Do?

Many Italians love to celebrate New Year’s Eve with firework displays, festivals, bonfires, concerts, and parties. Dinners may include meals such as Cotechino (Italian sausage) and Lenticchie (lentils). Italian sparkling wines such as prosecco or spumante are toasted to farewell the old year and celebrate the New Year.

Public Life

New Year’s Eve is not a national public holiday in Italy. However, It is a busy time of the year for restaurants and hotels, and city centers are often crowded due to New Year’s Eve events.

Background

New Year's Eve is celebrated in many countries worldwide on December 31. It the last day of the year and the day before New Year’s Day, January 1, which marks the start of a new year according to the Gregorian calendar.

Symbols

Pork represents the fullness or richness of life, and lentils symbolize wealth and money, so according to superstition, the New Year could bring prosperity if these meals are eaten on New Year’s Eve.

About New Year's Eve in other countries

Read more about New Year's Eve.

New Year's Eve Observances

WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday Type
FriDec 312010New Year's EveObservance
SatDec 312011New Year's EveObservance
MonDec 312012New Year's EveObservance
TueDec 312013New Year's EveObservance
WedDec 312014New Year's EveObservance
ThuDec 312015New Year's EveObservance
SatDec 312016New Year's EveObservance
SunDec 312017New Year's EveObservance
MonDec 312018New Year's EveObservance
TueDec 312019New Year's EveObservance
ThuDec 312020New Year's EveObservance

Quick Facts

Many Italians celebrate New Year’s Eve on December 31 to farewell the old year and prepare for the New Year.

New Year's Eve 2016

Saturday, December 31, 2016

New Year's Eve 2017

Sunday, December 31, 2017

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Name in other languages

NameLanguage
San SilvestroItalian
New Year's EveEnglish
SilvesterGerman

List of dates for other years

Related holiday

Other holidays in December 2016 in Italy

Fun Holiday on December 31, 2016

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