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Easter Sunday in Italy

Easter Day in Italy is a national holiday that commemorates Jesus Christ’s resurrection from death, as written in the Christian bible. The Easter date is set around the time of the March Equinox.

Is Easter Sunday a Public Holiday?

Easter Sunday is a public holiday. It is a day off for the general population, and schools and most businesses are closed.

In 2022, it falls on a Sunday, and some businesses may choose to follow Sunday opening hours.

Statues of Jesus are seen at parades, processions and festivities in Italy on Easter Day.

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What Do People Do?

Easter, or Pasqua in Italian, is a festive holiday throughout Italy. Religious parades and celebrations are held in many towns and cities nationwide. A statue of Jesus or his mother Mary is carried in street processions that involve large crowds of people. Easter meals vary, but include eggs, Easter pie, and lamb.

Public Life

Easter Day is a public holiday in Italy. It also falls on Sunday. 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 on Easter Day but travelers are advised to check first with local transport authorities.

Background

Easter Sunday celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ, as written in the New Testament of the Christian bible. The roots of the Easter holiday’s traditions and activities can be traced back to pagan celebrations. The name Easter is believed to come from Eostara, the goddess of rebirth. Easter Day is not only celebrated in Italy but also in many countries worldwide.

Symbols

Eggs in Italian Easter dishes symbolize fertility, renewal and life.

About Easter Sunday in Other Countries

Read more about Easter Sunday.

Easter Sunday Observances

YearWeekdayDateNameHoliday Type
2016SunMar 27Easter SundayNational holiday
2017SunApr 16Easter SundayNational holiday
2018SunApr 1Easter SundayNational holiday
2019SunApr 21Easter SundayNational holiday
2020SunApr 12Easter SundayNational holiday
2021SunApr 4Easter SundayNational holiday
2022SunApr 17Easter SundayNational holiday
2023SunApr 9Easter SundayNational holiday
2024SunMar 31Easter SundayNational holiday
2025SunApr 20Easter SundayNational holiday
2026SunApr 5Easter SundayNational holiday

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