The Doodle for today is dedicated to Italy’s Republic Day, or Festa della Repubblica! After World War II ended and fascism fell, the people of Italy chose to terminate the 85-year monarchy that gave birth to the Republic of Italy and ushered in a new era of freedom on this day in 1946.
All male descendants of Italy’s former ruling house, the House of Savoy, were deposed and exiled as a result of this vote. In 2002, the family was granted permission to return to Italy on the condition that they renounce the kingdom.
Italian flags, like the one waving in today’s Doodle, are seen all across Italy’s streets, towns, and cities. The most important celebration takes place in Rome, with a major military parade. In addition, the Italian president places a laurel wreath on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, which is located beneath the Altare della Patria, to honor the war’s dead soldiers and missing Italians.
Other national events include the free public opening of the Quirinale Palace Gardens and the famous flyover by the Frecce Tricolori, the Italian Air Force’s aerobatic demonstration team.
Happy Republic Day, Italy!