Today is Italian Republic Day, so expect to see a lot of green, white, and red! On this day in 1946, the Italian people voted to establish the Italian Republic, which is the subject of today’s Doodle.
Republic Day was first observed by Italians in 1947. The first military parade was held the following year, and it was officially made a national holiday in 1949.
Schools and most businesses close on a public holiday so that people can celebrate. A flag-raising ceremony, a wreath-laying at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, and a military parade are all part of the official ceremony, which takes place annually in Rome.
The flowers, fountains, and foliage of the presidential Quirinale Palace’s gardens are accessible to the general public. However, when the Italian Air Force’s aerobatic demonstration team, the Frecce Tricolori, flies overhead and shoots streaks of green, white, and red smoke into the sky, don’t forget to look up.
Concerts, parades, and speeches are attended by people all over the country. Others enjoy the sun and views at one of Italy’s 51 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, making it the most of any country in the world.
Italy, Happy National Day!
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