Buona Festa della Repubblica! On this day in 1946, Italy democratically voted to become a republic, rejecting the monarchy and creating a new elected government. And so, modern Italy was born. In the fall out after World War II, The country found itself in a constitutional crisis after the demise of fascism. The resulting referendum saw a 55 percent majority in favour of creating a republic. The day is now a national celebration. Here is a quick look at how is it celebrated:
Parades & fireworks!
The main event occurs in Rome, but many towns and cities also host their own celebrations. Most banks and shops will close for the day and the parade causes a bit of road chaos as it marches down Via dei Fori Imparili, which connects the Colosseum with Piazza Venzia
The patriotic event is a great chance to celebrate Italy’s armed forces as members of the Army, Air Force and Navy take part. Perhaps the most impressive sight of the day is the Italian flag being painted across the sky by the Frecce Tricolori (The Tricolour Arrows), the Air Force’s aerobatic display team.
Many museums remain open, especially in the afternoon once the 11am parade is finished. Those in Rome benefit from the Quirinale Palace gardens being opened up for free.
Around the World
In the US, expat Italians and families proud of their heritage mark the occasion with special dinners. As far away as Australia, Republic day is extended to a full week in the state of Queensland, with events celebrating all aspects of Italian life – food, wine, inventions, famous artists and the language. The city of Brisbane even illuminates their main road bridge in italian tricolore on Republic Day to celebrate.
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