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New Year's Eve in the ancient Republic of Venice

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New Year's Eve in the ancient Republic of Venice

Celebrating the New Year in Venice is without doubt a unique and unforgettable experience, but in reality until the fall of the Republic, New Year was celebrated on March 1st!

This practice, which was introduced during the Roman Empire, meant that the months of September, October, November and December were actually the seventh, eighth, ninth and tenth month of the year, as indicated by their names.

It was Pope Gregory the Great in the sixth century who introduced the current calendar, appropriately called 'Gregorian', so as to bind the festivities for the New Year with Christmas.

The introduction of the Gregorian calendar in the Veneto region only came with Napoleon's conquest in 1797 and called for a shift back of two months of the date of the New Year, shortening the duration of the last calendar year with the Venetian style.

New Year's Eve in Veneto, decreed on 1 March, was an official holiday of the Venetian Republic. The custom to fix the beginning of the year at the beginning of spring and the awakening of the natural life was a widespread archaic practice also found in other calendars, such as the Chinese New Year.

By Insidecom Editorial Staff

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