Vatican City or Vatican City State in Italian officially Stato della Città del Vaticano is a landlocked sovereign city-state whose territory consists of a walled enclave within the city of Rome. This makes Vatican City the smallest internationally recognized independent state in the world by both area and population. The Pope is also the Head of State and Government of the Vatican City State. Vatican City is an ecclesiastical or sacerdotal-monarchical state, ruled by the Bishop of Rome – the Pope. The highest state functionaries are all Catholic clergymen of various national origins. It is the sovereign territory of the Holy See (Sancta Sedes) and the location of the Pope’s residence, referred to as the Apostolic Palace.
Christmas Celebrations in Vatican :
Vatican City, a holy city is the smallest sovereign country in the world. This wonderful nation with immense cultural and religious significance owes great to the Catholics all over the world. The nation which is also known for its architectural wonders is one of the most visited places during Christmas. In this country which is the home to Pope, Christmas is one of the most celebrated festivals in Vatican City. Vatican City is very lively during Christmas.
Christmas in Vatican City has plenty of similarities with the Italian Christmas celebrations. It starts on 8 December which is the day of ‘Immaculate conception’ and 6 January marks an official end to Christmas which is the day of Epiphany. Christmas celebrations in Vatican extend for almost 21 days and Novena marks its beginning which continues for eight days prior to Christmas. Vatican City witnesses special and exclusive masses and gatherings to mark the birthday of Jesus Christ. Inside the St. Peter’s Basilica, there happens a midnight mass and a live coverage of Pope Benedict reciting a holiday reading from Basilica’s central balcony. A huge television screen is set up in front of St. Peter’s Square for the people to see the midnight mass live.
Novena, Presepio, Ceppo, Burning of Yule logs, La Befana, Christmas Fast and Christmas Tapers are a few traditions associated with the Christmas celebration in Vatican.
The Vatican Christmas Tree, also called the Saint Peter’s Square Christmas Tree, is the decorated tree that is erected annually in the Saint Peter’s Square directly in front of St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican City to celebrate the Christmas holiday season.
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