The Feast Of St Mark

Observed annually on April 25th in Venice, Italy, the Feast of St. Mark honors the city’s patron saint. This holiday coincides with Liberation Day in Italy. Because of this, many government offices, schools, and businesses are closed on this day.

This day falls on the anniversary of St. Mark’s death, which is the feast day of St. Mark in the Eastern Orthodox and Catholic Churches. This holiday is ordinarily observed with religious services, prayer, and by some people, fasting. It’s also a day on which there are many carnivals and markets.

The History of The Feast of St. Mark

Although not much is known about St. Mark, he is recognized as the author of the Gospel of St. Mark. St. Mark founded the church in Alexandria, Egypt, and is considered the founder of the church in Africa. It’s believed that he was killed on April 25, 68 AD, by Alexandrians who were upset that he tried to replace their gods with the Christian God.

According to legend, when St. Mark was traveling through Europe, he stopped at a Venetian lagoon, and an angel appeared to him. The angel supposedly said that this would be his final resting place. This prophecy seemingly came true with events that happened in the 9th century.

St. Mark became forever associated with Venice when two Venetian merchants stole the relics of St. Mark from Alexandria while it was under the control of the Abbasid Islamic Caliphate in 828. These relics were then smuggled back to Venice.

The Basilica of St. Mark would be built over where these relics were stored. These relics were supposedly stored in a barrel of pig fat because they knew that Muslim soldiers wouldn’t inspect them too closely, as Muslim dietary restrictions forbade them from consuming pork or pork products.

Observing The Feast of St. Mark

This holiday is a general day off for the public, and many government buildings, schools, and businesses are closed. There are also church services and other events all across Venice.

Where is it celebrated?
Italy (Local holiday)
When is it?
This year (2024)
April 25 Thursday
Next year (2025)
April 25 Friday
Last year (2023)
April 25 Tuesday