The Festa della Repubblica Italiana - Italian Republic Day - is celebrated every year on June 2.
This day commemorates the date when Italians were invited to take their chance and choose the form of the state on June 2 and 3 in 1946: monarchy or republic? It was the first time that a universal suffrage was held in Italy.
The referendum took place after complex historic turmoil. Italy had been through First World War Fascism and finally Second World War. At the time, the memory of wars and of Mussolini was very much alive. Moreover, one should not forget that the Italian royal family had been a supporter of fascist regime.
RESULT: the 54% of the population voted for the republic.
The rest is history.
Official celebrations are held in Rome in the presence of the Presidente della Repubblica with the solemn flag-raising ceremony at the Altare della Patria and the tribute to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The most spectacular and famous part of the agenda of events are the Frecce Tricolori which cross the skies of Rome painting the atmosphere with the Italian flag through colored wakes.
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