It is a new year with a slew of January Festivals and Events to enjoy in Italy:
January 1st – Recover from your New Years celebration with a national holiday, Capodanno. Particularly daring revelers take a dip in the cool waters at Venice’s Lido beaches.
January 6th – A national holiday, La Befana or Epiphany has an old lady fliy on a broom the night between the 5th and 6th of January, bringing gifts to good children and pieces of coal (sugar) to those that weren’t quite so good. Discover more about this holiday (and upcoming days off) in our blog post, La Befana Vien di Notte….
January 7th – Flag Day (Festa del Tricolore) was established to celebrate the national flag. Celebrations center in Reggio Emilia, but look for fags flying high all over the country.
January 17th – San Antonio Abate is celebrated in villages in central Italy’s Abruzzo region as well as the island of Sardinia. Bonfires are lit, music is played and parades are held.
January 20th – The Feast Day of San Sebastiano is celebrated in Sicily with a parade of a massive structure of the saint, paraded through the town by 60 men, before being erected in Mistretta. In Acireale, the parade has a silver carriage and in Ortono, Abruzzo they light the Vaporetto, a colorful paper maché boat filled with fireworks.
January 27th – International Holocaust Remembrance Day (Giorno della Memoria) commemorates the liberation of the concentration camp of Auschwitz that happened in 1945 on this day.
January 30th – 31st – The Fair of Sant’Orso is a 1,000 year old woodcarvers fair. Over 700 artists gather to show their crafts and sell their goods.
January 23–February 9 – This year’s Carnevale starts early and is sure to be as raucous as ever, with celebrations centered in Venice and Viareggio.
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