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The Feast of St. Peter and St. Paul (Rome) in Italy

The Feast of St Peter and St Paul (La Festa di San Pietro e Paolo) is an annual public holiday in Rome, Italy on June 29. It honors the Catholic saints Peter and Paul.

Is The Feast of St. Peter and St. Paul (Rome) a Public Holiday?

The Feast of St. Peter and St. Paul (Rome) is a public holiday. It is a day off for the general population, and schools and most businesses are closed.

In 2019 it falls on a Saturday. Due to this, some businesses may choose to follow Saturday opening hours.

Statue of St Paul in front of St Peter's Basilica in Vatican City, Italy.

What Do People Do?

Every year, Rome celebrates its patron saints Peter and Paul with various religious rituals led by the Catholic church’s pope. Other events include music entertainment, fireworks, and fairs.

Public Life

The Feast of Saints Peter and Paul is a public holiday in Rome so many businesses and public offices are closed.

Background

St Peter was one of Jesus Christ’s 12 apostles and spent most of his life preaching the Christian gospel after Jesus’ death. He died by crucifixion around 67 CE and is regarded as the Catholic church’s first pope.

St Paul, formerly known as Saul of Tarsus, was converted to Christianity on the road to Damascus shortly after Jesus Christ’s death. He became an influential leader in the Christian church. He was beheaded around the year 67 CE during the Roman emperor Nero’s persecution of the Christians.

Symbols

On the Feast of St Peter and St Paul, the Catholic pope places the pallium (a type of woolen cloak) on archbishops that were appointed over the past year. It serves as a reminder of religious significance of the bishops’ work and symbolizes the unity of the church.

The Feast of St. Peter and St. Paul (Rome) Observances

YearWeekdayDateNameHoliday Type
2015MonJun 29The Feast of St. Peter and St. Paul (Rome)Local holiday
2016WedJun 29The Feast of St. Peter and St. Paul (Rome)Local holiday
2017ThuJun 29The Feast of St. Peter and St. Paul (Rome)Local holiday
2018FriJun 29The Feast of St. Peter and St. Paul (Rome)Local holiday
2019SatJun 29The Feast of St. Peter and St. Paul (Rome)Local holiday
2020MonJun 29The Feast of St. Peter and St. Paul (Rome)Local holiday
2021TueJun 29The Feast of St. Peter and St. Paul (Rome)Local holiday
2022WedJun 29The Feast of St. Peter and St. Paul (Rome)Local holiday
2023ThuJun 29The Feast of St. Peter and St. Paul (Rome)Local holiday
2024SatJun 29The Feast of St. Peter and St. Paul (Rome)Local holiday
2025SunJun 29The Feast of St. Peter and St. Paul (Rome)Local holiday

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