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The Feast of Saint Januarius (Naples) in Italy

Quick Facts

Naples, in Italy, celebrates its own local holiday, the Feast of Saint Januarius on September 19 each year.

Local names

NameLanguage
La Festa di San Gennaro (Napoli)Italian
The Feast of Saint Januarius (Naples)English
St. Gennaro (Neapel)German

The Feast of Saint Januarius (Naples) 2014

Friday, September 19, 2014

The Feast of Saint Januarius (Naples) 2015

Saturday, September 19, 2015
List of dates for other years

The Feast of Saint Januarius (La Festa di San Gennaro)  is an annual public holiday in Naples, Italy on September 19. It honors the Catholic saint Januarius, or San Gennaro.

Church Service

Devout Catholics gather to pray on religious holidays such as the Feast of Saint Januarius. Many visit Naples on September 19 to witness the "blood miracle" of the saint.

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What do people do?

Many devoted Catholics travel to the Doumo (cathedral) of Naples on September 19, where it is believed that the patron saint’s blood liquefies. People also travel to the cathedral to witness this “miracle of the blood” on December 16 and on the Saturday before the first Sunday of May.  

Public life

The Feast of Saint Januarius is a public holiday in Naples so many businesses and public offices are closed.

Background

St Januarius, or San Gennaro, was martyred during the persecutions of Diocletian around 305 CE. It is believed that Januarius was born in Benevento, northeast of Naples, in the 3rd century CE. He became the local priest of his parish at 15,  and then was appointed as the Bishop of Naples at 20. St Januarius is believed to have died while visiting Christians imprisoned in Rome.

The Feast of Saint Januarius (Naples) Observances

WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday type
WedSep 191990The Feast of Saint Januarius (Naples)Local holiday
ThuSep 191991The Feast of Saint Januarius (Naples)Local holiday
SatSep 191992The Feast of Saint Januarius (Naples)Local holiday
SunSep 191993The Feast of Saint Januarius (Naples)Local holiday
MonSep 191994The Feast of Saint Januarius (Naples)Local holiday
TueSep 191995The Feast of Saint Januarius (Naples)Local holiday
ThuSep 191996The Feast of Saint Januarius (Naples)Local holiday
FriSep 191997The Feast of Saint Januarius (Naples)Local holiday
SatSep 191998The Feast of Saint Januarius (Naples)Local holiday
SunSep 191999The Feast of Saint Januarius (Naples)Local holiday
TueSep 192000The Feast of Saint Januarius (Naples)Local holiday
WedSep 192001The Feast of Saint Januarius (Naples)Local holiday
ThuSep 192002The Feast of Saint Januarius (Naples)Local holiday
FriSep 192003The Feast of Saint Januarius (Naples)Local holiday
SunSep 192004The Feast of Saint Januarius (Naples)Local holiday
MonSep 192005The Feast of Saint Januarius (Naples)Local holiday
TueSep 192006The Feast of Saint Januarius (Naples)Local holiday
WedSep 192007The Feast of Saint Januarius (Naples)Local holiday
FriSep 192008The Feast of Saint Januarius (Naples)Local holiday
SatSep 192009The Feast of Saint Januarius (Naples)Local holiday
SunSep 192010The Feast of Saint Januarius (Naples)Local holiday
MonSep 192011The Feast of Saint Januarius (Naples)Local holiday
WedSep 192012The Feast of Saint Januarius (Naples)Local holiday
ThuSep 192013The Feast of Saint Januarius (Naples)Local holiday
FriSep 192014The Feast of Saint Januarius (Naples)Local holiday
SatSep 192015The Feast of Saint Januarius (Naples)Local holiday
MonSep 192016The Feast of Saint Januarius (Naples)Local holiday
TueSep 192017The Feast of Saint Januarius (Naples)Local holiday
WedSep 192018The Feast of Saint Januarius (Naples)Local holiday
ThuSep 192019The Feast of Saint Januarius (Naples)Local holiday
SatSep 192020The Feast of Saint Januarius (Naples)Local holiday

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