New Year’s Day once again in Tuscany

Hey guys, what are you gonna do on New Year’s Day?!!! No, I’m not making fun of you, but the fact is that in a few days, here the Tuscan New Year’s Day will be celebrated.

Yes, because every year on 25th March Florence and many other Tuscan towns use to celebrate the New Year’s Day. This because until 1750 in Florence the year began on 25th March, the day of the Annunciation to the Virgin Mary.

It was in 1749 that the Grand duke of Lorraine decided to fix the begin of the year in Florence on 1st January, just like in the other countries

This decision provoked much discontent among the Florentines, so timorous to lose forever the tradition which aroused the joy of everyone, who used to celebrate together in the beautiful Piazza Santissima Annunziata.

Unfortunately, for a long time it happened, because the great celebrations of 25th march which make the city full of processions and shows were abandoned… but in 2000, seeing that in some villages someone still kept on following tradition of 25th March celebrations, the Municipality of Florence decided to keep on celebrating and to make the celebration official, instituting 25th March as the day of Florentine New Year’s Day, which in 2008, as the great participation of quite all the municipalities of the region, became “Festa del Capodanno Toscano” (Tuscan New Year’s Day Feast).

However, to adjust the Annunciation day to the solar year, this year the Tuscan New Year’s day will be celebrated on Sunday 29th March!

So…Florence is waiting for you to celebrate and watch the spectacular historical procession which every year crosses Piazza della Santissima Annunziata and Piazza della Signoria.

What are you waiting for? It’s New Year’s Day once a year…or rather, twice! :)

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