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June 2, 2020 – Italian National Day – Festa della Repubblica

I would like to take this opportunity to extend my best wishes to members of the Canadian Italian community on the occasion of Italian National Day or Festa della Repubblica.

Festa della Repubblica is the Italian national holiday celebrated on the 2nd of June. It commemorates the institutional referendum of 1946 when the Italian population was called to decide what form of government to give to the country after the Second World War and the fall of Fascism.

Around the world, Italian embassies hold celebrations with the Heads of State of the host countries. Special official ceremonies and military parades take place in Italy.

This is normally an opportunity to gather as a community to celebrate this occasion.  Unfortunately, COVID-19 has made normal activities impossible.

During these difficult times we must look after the spiritual, emotional and mental well-being of each other.  I encourage you to connect with loved ones, friends and vulnerable members of the community online or by phone.