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.
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.
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.
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.
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 countriesRead more about New Year's Eve.
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Quick FactsMany Italians celebrate New Year’s Eve on December 31 to farewell the old year and prepare for the New Year.
New Year's Eve 2016Saturday, December 31, 2016
New Year's Eve 2017Sunday, December 31, 2017
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- New Year's Day – Friday, January 1, 2016
Other holidays in December 2016 in Italy
- The Feast of St. Ambrose (Milan) – Wednesday, December 7, 2016
- Feast of the Immaculate Conception – Thursday, December 8, 2016
- Christmas Day – Sunday, December 25, 2016
- St. Stephen's Day – Monday, December 26, 2016