When is Liberation Day?
How long until Liberation Day ?
|This holiday next takes place in 61 Days.|
Dates of Liberation Day
|Anniversario della Liberazione|
|Celebrates the liberation of Italy by Allied troops at the end of the Second World War|
Celebrated on 25 April, Liberation Day (Anniversario della Liberazione or Festa della Liberazione) commemorates the liberation of Italy by Allied troops and the Italian resistance at the end of the Second World War. The liberation also marked the end of 23 years of fascist rule of Italy.
History of Liberation Day
The holiday is intended to honour all those who died during the war, from soldiers fighting overseas to civilian victims. It is eastimated that almost half a million Italians died during the war.
The lives of those who served as partisans in the Italian Resistance who fought Mussolini's troops as well as the Nazis are especially honoured.
How is Liberation Day Celebrated?
The day is marked with gatherings in towns across Italy. The celebrations may range from marching bands to political rallies to music concerts.
It has been a public holiday in Italy since 1946.
A popular tradition is the singing of the folk song 'Bella Ciao', a tale of a partisan who died for Italian freedom, whose only wish was to be buried in the mountains under the shadow of a beautiful flower.
On the day all state schools and offices will be closed as well as many shops. Whilst some tourist places remain open, municipal attractions such as museums, and monuments will be shut and public transportation may run a reduced service.
As Liberation Day falls within a week of the May Day holiday on 1 May, this period is traditionally popular with Italians to take extra vacation days to create a holiday week.