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All Saints' Day in Italy

All Saints’ Day, also known as Festa di Tutti i Santi, is both a religious and public holiday in Italy on November 1 every year. It collectively celebrates all of the Catholic saints.

The Catholic saints are remembered in Italy on All Saints' Day.
The Catholic saints are remembered in Italy on All Saints' Day.
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What Do People Do?

Tutti i Santi, or La festa di Ognissanti, is a day when people visit family and friends and exchange gifts and good will to one another. If Italians have the same name as a saint, it is a special day for them too.

Public Life

All Saints’ Day is a nationwide public holiday in Italy. Organizations and businesses that are closed include:

  • Government offices.
  • Post offices.
  • Banks.
  • Schools and other educational institutions.

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

Background

According to some sources, the idea for All Saints' Day goes back to the 4th century when the Greek Christians kept a festival on the first Sunday after Pentecost (in late May or early June) in honor of all martyrs and saints. It is celebrated in Italy and many other countries worldwide.

Symbols

Statues, images and icons in the image of the different saints are seen in many Catholic churches in Italy.

About All Saints' Day in other countries

Read more about All Saints' Day.

All Saints' Day Observances

WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday Type
MonNov 12010All Saints' DayNational holiday
TueNov 12011All Saints' DayNational holiday
ThuNov 12012All Saints' DayNational holiday
FriNov 12013All Saints' DayNational holiday
SatNov 12014All Saints' DayNational holiday
SunNov 12015All Saints' DayNational holiday
TueNov 12016All Saints' DayNational holiday
WedNov 12017All Saints' DayNational holiday
ThuNov 12018All Saints' DayNational holiday
FriNov 12019All Saints' DayNational holiday
SunNov 12020All Saints' DayNational holiday

Quick Facts

In Italy All Saints’ Day is a national public holiday celebrated on November 1 to commemorate the Catholic saints.

All Saints' Day 2017

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

All Saints' Day 2018

Thursday, November 1, 2018

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Name in other languages

NameLanguage
Tutti i SantiItalian
All Saints' DayEnglish
AllerheiligenGerman

Alternative name

All Hallows' Day

List of dates for other years

Related holidays

World Holiday on November 1, 2017

Fun Holiday on November 1, 2017

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