Liberation Day (Italy)
Anti-fascist demonstration for 25 April in Milan (2007)
|Official name||Italian: Anniversario della liberazione d'Italia|
|Also called||Festa della liberazione, anniversario della Resistenza, 25 aprile|
|Significance||Celebrates the end of the fascist regime and the end of the Nazi occupation of Italy|
|Next time||25 April 2020|
|First time||25 April 1946|
|Related to||Anniversary of the Unification of Italy, Festa della Repubblica, National Unity and Armed Forces Day and Tricolour Day|
Italy's Liberation Day (Italian: Festa della liberazione), also known as the Anniversary of the Liberation (Italian: Anniversario della liberazione d'Italia), Anniversary of the Resistance (Italian: Anniversario della Resistenza), or simply 25 April is a national Italian holiday commemorating the end of Nazi occupation of the Country during World War II and the victory of the Resistance. This is distinct from the Republic Day (Festa della Repubblica) which takes place on 2 June.
The date was chosen by convention, as it was the day of the year 1945 when the National Liberation Committee of Upper Italy (CLNAI) officially proclaimed the insurgency in a radio announcement, propounding the seizure of power by the CLNAI and proclaiming the death sentence for all fascist leaders (including Benito Mussolini, who was shot three days later).
By 1 May, all of northern Italy was liberated, including Bologna (21 April), Genoa (23 April), Milan and Turin (25 April), and Venice (28 April). The liberation put an end to twenty-three years of fascist dictatorship and five years of war. It symbolically represents the beginning of the historical journey which led to the referendum of 2 June 1946, when Italians opted for the end of the monarchy and the creation of the Italian Republic, which was followed by the adoption of the Constitution of the Republic in 1948.
Institutionalization of the date
The actual date was chosen in 1946, and in most Italian cities, marches and parades are organised to commemorate the event. On 22 April 1946, the Disposizioni in materia di ricorrenze festive ("Provisions on festive occasions") decree created the national holiday. The bill states that Per celebrare la totale liberazione del territorio italiano, il 25 aprile 1946 è dichiarato festa nazionale ("In celebration of the total liberation of the Italian territory, 25 April 1946 is declared a national holiday"). On 27 May 1949, bill 260 made the anniversary a permanent, annual national holiday.
- History of Italy
- Liberation Day
- World War II
- Anniversary of the Unification of Italy
- Festa della Repubblica,
- National Unity and Armed Forces Day
- Tricolour Day
- Public holidays in Italy
- "Fondazione ISEC - cronologia dell'insurrezione a Milano - 25 aprile" (in Italian). Retrieved September 28, 2019.
- "DECRETO LEGISLATIVO LUOGOTENENZIALE 22 aprile 1946, n. 185" (in Italian). Retrieved April 28, 2015.
- "L. 27 maggio 1949, n. 260. "Disposizioni in materia di ricorrenze festive"" (PDF) (in Italian). Retrieved May 24, 2011.