Most Sicilians take their annual holiday in August, deserting the cities for the cooler seaside or mountains. This means that many businesses and shops close for at least part of the month, usually around the Feast of the Assumption (Ferragosto) on 15 August. Easter is another busy period, with many resort hotels opening for the season the week before Easter.
Italian schools close for three months in summer, from mid-June to mid-September, for two weeks at Christmas and for a week at Easter.
Individual towns have public holidays to celebrate the feasts of their patron saints. National public holidays in Sicily include the following:
Capodanno (New Year's Day) 1 January
Epifania (Epiphany) 6 January
Pasqua (Easter) March/April
Pasquetta (Easter Monday) March/April
Giorno della Liberazione (Liberation Day) 25 April
Festa del Lavoro (Labour Day) 1 May
Festa della Repubblica (Republic Day) 2 June
Ferragosto (Feast of the Assumption) 15 August
Festa di Ognissanti (All Saints' Day) 1 November
Festa della Immacolata Concezione (Feast of the Immaculate Conception) 8 December
Natale (Christmas Day) 25 December
Festa di Santo Stefano (Boxing Day) 26 December