Italy’s Republic Day is an annual public holiday on June 2 and commemorates the date Italians voted for their country to end the monarchy and become a republic.
Republic Day, Saturday, June 2, 2018
Republic Day is a day off work for many people in Italy. Events include:
- Official ceremonies and military parades. And laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, inside the Altare della Patria in Rome.
Festa della Repubblica
Festa della Repubblica ([ˈfɛsta della reˈpubblika]; in English, Republic Day) is the Italian National Day and Republic Day, which is celebrated on 2 June each year. The day commemorates the institutional referendum held by universal suffragein 1946, in which the Italian people were called to the polls to decide on the form of government, following the Second World War and the fall of Fascism. With 12,717,923 votes for a republic and 10,719,284 for the monarchy, the male descendants of the House of Savoy were sent into exile. To commemorate it, a grand military parade is held in central Rome, presided over by the President of the Italian Republic in his role as Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces. The Prime Minister, formally known as the President of the Council of Ministers, and other high officers of state also attend. There are important celebrations in all the Italian embassies and foreign heads of state are invited. Even though the main parade is in Rome, many Italian cities celebrate the day as well.
- President of the Italian Republic – Sergio Mattarella