Saint Peter and Saint Paul around the world in 2019

Saint Peter and Saint Paul around the world in 2019
Saint Peter and Saint Paul. Image by El Greco , via Office Holidays
  How long until Saint Peter and Saint Paul?
This holiday next takes place in 12 days.
  Dates of Saint Peter and Saint Paul around the world
2021VariousJun 29
ItalyTue, Jun 29Regional Holiday
MaltaTue, Jun 29National Holiday
Vatican CityTue, Jun 29National Holiday
2020VariousJun 29
ChileMon, Jun 29National Holiday
ColombiaMon, Jun 29National Holiday
ItalyMon, Jun 29Regional Holiday
MaltaMon, Jun 29National Holiday
PeruMon, Jun 29National Holiday
SwitzerlandJun 29
GraubündenMon, Jun 29Regional Holiday
TicinoMon, Jun 29Regional Holiday
Vatican CityMon, Jun 29National Holiday
VenezuelaMon, Jun 29Not A Public Holiday
2019VariousJun 29, Jul 1
ChileMon, Jul 1National Holiday
ColombiaMon, Jul 1National Holiday (in lieu)
ItalySat, Jun 29Regional Holiday
MaltaSat, Jun 29National Holiday
PeruSat, Jun 29National Holiday
SwitzerlandJun 29
GraubündenSat, Jun 29Regional Holiday
TicinoSat, Jun 29Regional Holiday
Vatican CitySat, Jun 29National Holiday
VenezuelaSat, Jun 29National Holiday
2018VariousJun 29, Jul 2
ChileMon, Jul 2National Holiday
ColombiaMon, Jul 2National Holiday (in lieu)
ItalyFri, Jun 29Regional Holiday
MaltaFri, Jun 29National Holiday
PeruFri, Jun 29National Holiday
SwitzerlandJun 29
GraubündenFri, Jun 29Regional Holiday
TicinoFri, Jun 29Regional Holiday
Vatican CityFri, Jun 29National Holiday
VenezuelaMon, Jul 2Not A Public Holiday
2017VariousJun 26, Jun 29, Jul 3
ChileMon, Jun 26National Holiday
ColombiaMon, Jul 3National Holiday (in lieu)
ItalyThu, Jun 29Regional Holiday
MaltaThu, Jun 29National Holiday
PeruThu, Jun 29National Holiday
SwitzerlandJun 29
GraubündenThu, Jun 29Regional Holiday
TicinoThu, Jun 29Regional Holiday
VenezuelaMon, Jul 3National Holiday
  Summary
The day commemorates the martyrdom of two saints, the two great Apostles, Saint Peter and St. Paul
  Which countries observe Saint Peter and Saint Paul in 2019?
Chile  ChileJul 1National Holiday
Colombia  ColombiaJul 1National Holiday (in lieu)
Italy  ItalyJun 29Regional Holiday
Malta  MaltaJun 29National Holiday
Peru  PeruJun 29National Holiday
Switzerland  SwitzerlandJun 29Regional Holiday
Vatican City  Vatican CityJun 29National Holiday
Venezuela  VenezuelaJun 29National Holiday

When is St. Peter and St. Paul Day?

This feast day is celebrated on June 29. The day commemorates the martyrdom of two saints, the two great Apostles, Saint Peter and St. Paul, assigned by tradition to the same day of June in the year 67.

The day taken in Chile may change depending if it falls on a weekend.

In Colombia, like other religious holidays, the holiday is observed on the Monday after the date.

In Italy, this day is a holiday in Rome. All public offices will be closed. Many shops and supermarkets may close at lunchtime.

History of St. Peter and St. Paul Day

Peter was the leader of the apostles and the first pope. Paul was born Saul, but converted to Christianity on the road to Damascus.

They had been imprisoned in the infamous Mamertine Prison of Rome and both had foreseen their approaching death. It is said that they were martyred at the command of Emperor Nero.

Even though they were killed on the same day, their method of execution would have differed.

Saint Peter was crucified, whereas Saint Paul would have been beheaded with a sword as he was a Roman citizen and afforded a quicker execution.

It is said of Peter that he was crucified head downward as he didn't feel worthy of being crucified in the same way as Jesus.

On June 29, coastal and island communities may decorate their boats and wharfs to give praise to St. Peter, who was the patron saint of fishermen. St. Paul was known for his hand craft.

This is probably one of the oldest feast days celebrated in the Christian calendar. In 2010, images of Peter and Paul were found on the wall of catacombs dating back to the 4th Century AD.

The feast of St Peter and St Paul is known as a 'Solemnity'. For Catholics, this means they can eat meat on the day, even if it falls on Friday when normally fish would be eaten.

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