Mt. Carmel St. Cristina Society

St Stephen's Day

What Do People Do?

In some places, St Stephen’s feast day is traditionally a day for many Italians to visit the Nativity scenes at the churches. Other events on St Stephen’s Day in different parts of Italy include markets, carnivals and festivals.

Public Life

St Stephen’s Day is a national public holiday in Italy. Organizations and businesses that are closed include:

  • Government offices.
  • Post offices.
  • Banks.
  • Schools and other educational institutions.

Transport options, such as taxis, rail services between major cities and major long-route bus lines, are available but travelers are advised to check routes and timetables with the local transport authorities.

Background

St Stephen is believed to be the first Christian martyr. He was stoned to death sometime around the year 33 CE. St  Stephen’s feast day was made a public holiday in Italy in 1947.

Symbols

The presepe (Nativity scene) is often seen outdoors, particularly at churches. The Nativity scene is popular custom that has spread across to many countries.