The National Day of Vatican City is on the 24th April (Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger is inaugurated as the 265th Pope 2005). Note that there is a listing for public holidays in Vatican city which we have listed below with its local name. The public holidays for the Vatican has been listed below.
National Day of Vatican City
Search this website for more national days from other countries around the world. These are the latest national holiday dates from the Vatican City. The National Day of Vatican City. This is also known as the Feast of Saints Peter and Paul and this as you will see is a public holiday.
The origins of the Feast of Saints Peter and Paul. This which is the national day. This dates back to the early Christian era. Now according to tradition, both Saint Peter and Saint Paul were martyred in Rome. You will recall that this occurred during the reign of Emperor Nero in the 1st century AD. History shows that Saint Peter, who was crucified upside down, is believed to have been buried on Vatican Hill, while Saint Paul was beheaded outside the city walls.
The celebration of the Feast of Saints Peter and Paul began in the 4th century. This was when a basilica was built on Vatican Hill to honor Saint Peter. Then in 1929 when the Lateran Treaty established Vatican City as a sovereign city-state. It was at this time that the Feast of Saints Peter and Paul became the official national day.
Vatican City Public Holidays
The following are the official public holidays in Vatican City:
- New Year’s Day – January 1st
- Epiphany – January 6th
- Easter Sunday – variable date
- Easter Monday – variable date
- Feast of Saints Peter and Paul – June 29th
- Assumption of Mary – August 15th
- All Saints’ Day – November 1st
- Immaculate Conception – December 8th
- Christmas Day – December 25th
- St. Stephen’s Day (also known as Boxing Day) – December 26th
It’s worth noting that the Vatican City is closed to tourists on some of these holidays.