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The Feast of Saint Januarius (Naples) in Italy

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.

Is The Feast of Saint Januarius (Naples) a Public Holiday?

The Feast of Saint Januarius (Naples) is a public holiday. It is a day off for the general population, and schools and most businesses are closed.

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

YearWeekdayDateNameHoliday Type
2015SatSep 19The Feast of Saint Januarius (Naples)Local holiday
2016MonSep 19The Feast of Saint Januarius (Naples)Local holiday
2017TueSep 19The Feast of Saint Januarius (Naples)Local holiday
2018WedSep 19The Feast of Saint Januarius (Naples)Local holiday
2019ThuSep 19The Feast of Saint Januarius (Naples)Local holiday
2020SatSep 19The Feast of Saint Januarius (Naples)Local holiday
2021SunSep 19The Feast of Saint Januarius (Naples)Local holiday
2022MonSep 19The Feast of Saint Januarius (Naples)Local holiday
2023TueSep 19The Feast of Saint Januarius (Naples)Local holiday
2024ThuSep 19The Feast of Saint Januarius (Naples)Local holiday
2025FriSep 19The Feast of Saint Januarius (Naples)Local holiday

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