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Public Holidays

Public Holidays 2017

This page contains a calendar of all 2017 public holidays for Vatican City. Please scroll down to view.

Vatican City is the smallest country in the world in size and population. It is located on 110 acres and has less than 850 residents. Nearly all people who work in Vatican City are members of the Catholic Church.

Vatican City is closed every Sunday and always on Christmas and Easter. In addition to these days, Vatican City celebrates an additional 13 holidays each year. It should be noted that a national holiday in Vatican City simply means that the museums and gift shops are closed to the tourists.

The Pope is the head of Vatican City and he issues a statement each year on which holidays are going to be celebrated. Most of the saint memorial days are celebrated due to tradition or because of the preference of the Pope that is ruling at that time. Each new Pope has the authority to change holidays at their will each year.

On occasion, a holiday that falls on a Sunday will be recognised on the following Monday. It is at the discretion of the Pope to determine if this will happen. The Pope will release each year through the Prefecture of the Papal Household a list of holiday dates.

Additional Celebrations

The Pope has the authority to establish additional holidays or one-time events. All holidays celebrated within the walls of Vatican City are directly related to the Catholic Church. It should be noted that with the many different sects within the Catholic Church, there are variables to the dates that certain fast days are observed. The Orthodox Catholics use a different calendar than the Vatican. However, Vatican City represents Roman Rite Catholics and all of their events are based on their calendar.

Public Holidays 2017

1 JanSunNew Year's Day
6 JanFriEpiphany
11 FebSatLateran Treaty Day
13 MarMonAnniversary of the Election
of Pope Francis
19 MarSunSaint Joseph's Day
16 AprSunEaster
17 AprMonEaster Monday
23 AprSunFeast of Saint George
1 MayMonSt. Joseph the Worker
29 JunThuSaints Peter and Paul's Day
15 AugTueAssumption Day
16 AugWedAssumption Holiday
1 NovWedAll Saints' Day
8 DecFriImmaculate Conception Day
25 DecMonChristmas Day
26 DecTueSt. Stephen's Day