Juliet’s Birthday in Verona Date in the current year: September 16, 2018

Juliet’s Birthday in Verona On September 16, the residents and guests of Verona celebrate Juliet’s birthday. The holiday is dedicated to one of the most famous literary heroines in the world. It is celebrated with carnivals, costumed performances, concerts, film screenings and other events and activities inspired by the immortal love story described in the famous romantic tragedy.

According to Shakespeare’s play Romeo and Juliet, Juliet was born “on Lammas Eve at night”. Lammas (Lughnasadh) is a Celtic festival observed on August 1, so Juliet’s birthday is supposed to be July 31. So why do the Veronese celebrate it in September?

The thing is, Shakespeare is not the first person to tell the story of Romeo and Juliet. His famous drama was most likely inspired by Historia novellamente ritrovata di due nobili amanti (“Newly Found Story of Two Noble Lovers”) by Luigi Da Porto. After studying Da Porto’s original text, Professor Guiseppe Franco Viviani came to the conclusion that Juliet was born on September 16, 1284, as Da Porto stated Saint Euphemia’s Day as her birthday.

One of the main organizers of Juliette’s birthday celebrations in Verona is the so-called Juliet Club (Club di Giulietta). Every year, thousands of people from all over the world send letters addressed to “Juliet, Verona”, sharing their love stories or asking for advice. Volunteers from the Juliet Club read, translate and answer each and every letter.

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Cultural Observances

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Italy

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