The 25th April is the feast of Liberation or better to say the Anniversary of the Resistance. It is a national holiday in Italy. It celebrates the defeat of nazi-fascism which took place in 1945 at the end of the Second World War. Today the commemorations are different because of the pandemic of covid-19, despite the restrictions the heroes of the Resistance will be remembered with on-line events but the Italian flags are exposed in all Italian cities.
What happened the 25th of April in 1945?
It was the date in which the national liberation committee proclaimed the general insurrection against the Nazi-Fascists and “In the name of Italian people”decreed the sentence to death for all the hierarchs and fascists. Milan was the most important city during the Resistance, here the Partisans launched attacks against the Germans and the Fascists too. They were forced to surrender before the allied forces arrived.
This date is important because all the cities in the North of Italy were freed from the 21st to the 28th April. The 25th is the date when the Republic of Salò ended. Mussolini was killed the 28th April. It was after a year in 25th April 1946 that the President of the Council Alcide De Gasperi and the Umberto II, prince and lieutenant of Italian kingdom, wanted this date to commemorate the end of the war.
25th April 2021
This year there are no public parades only some celebrations are held by the public authority in the main Italian cities. The President of the Republic Sergio Mattarella will give honour to this day in Rome. The Mayor of Milan Giuseppe Sala will do the same and so everywhere in Italy.
This day is very important because it remembers the sacrifice of many Italian people who fought against the war.
It is the symbol of renaissance , unity and democracy after one of the darkest period of Italian history.