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St. Stephen's Day in Italy

Quick Facts

St Stephen’s Day is a public holiday in Italy on December 26.

Local names

NameLanguage
Santo StefanoItalian
St. Stephen's DayEnglish
StephanstagGerman

Alternative name

2nd day of Christmas

St. Stephen's Day 2014

Friday, December 26, 2014

St. Stephen's Day 2015

Saturday, December 26, 2015
List of dates for other years

St Stephen’s feast Day (Il giorno di Santo Stefano) is celebrated as a public holiday across Italy on December 26. It is the day after Christmas Day (Natale).

St Stephen was an early Christian martyr who is remembered on December 26.

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What do people do?

In some places, St Stephen’s feast day is traditionally a day for many Italians to visit the Nativity scenes at the churches. Other events on St Stephen’s Day in different parts of Italy include markets, carnivals and festivals.

Public life

St Stephen’s Day is a national public holiday in Italy. Organizations and businesses that are closed include:

Transport options, such as taxis, rail services between major cities and major long-route bus lines, are available but travelers are advised to check routes and timetables with the local transport authorities.

Background

St Stephen is believed to be the first Christian martyr. He was stoned to death sometime around the year 33 CE. St  Stephen’s feast day was made a public holiday in Italy in 1947.

Symbols

The presepe (Nativity scene) is often seen outdoors, particularly at churches. The Nativity scene is popular custom that has spread across to many countries.

St. Stephen's Day Observances

WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday type
WedDec 261990St. Stephen's DayNational holiday
ThuDec 261991St. Stephen's DayNational holiday
SatDec 261992St. Stephen's DayNational holiday
SunDec 261993St. Stephen's DayNational holiday
MonDec 261994St. Stephen's DayNational holiday
TueDec 261995St. Stephen's DayNational holiday
ThuDec 261996St. Stephen's DayNational holiday
FriDec 261997St. Stephen's DayNational holiday
SatDec 261998St. Stephen's DayNational holiday
SunDec 261999St. Stephen's DayNational holiday
TueDec 262000St. Stephen's DayNational holiday
WedDec 262001St. Stephen's DayNational holiday
ThuDec 262002St. Stephen's DayNational holiday
FriDec 262003St. Stephen's DayNational holiday
SunDec 262004St. Stephen's DayNational holiday
MonDec 262005St. Stephen's DayNational holiday
TueDec 262006St. Stephen's DayNational holiday
WedDec 262007St. Stephen's DayNational holiday
FriDec 262008St. Stephen's DayNational holiday
SatDec 262009St. Stephen's DayNational holiday
SunDec 262010St. Stephen's DayNational holiday
MonDec 262011St. Stephen's DayNational holiday
WedDec 262012St. Stephen's DayNational holiday
ThuDec 262013St. Stephen's DayNational holiday
FriDec 262014St. Stephen's DayNational holiday
SatDec 262015St. Stephen's DayNational holiday
MonDec 262016St. Stephen's DayNational holiday
TueDec 262017St. Stephen's DayNational holiday
WedDec 262018St. Stephen's DayNational holiday
ThuDec 262019St. Stephen's DayNational holiday
SatDec 262020St. Stephen's DayNational holiday

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Other holidays in December 2014 in Italy

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