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Father’s Day

Father’s Day is a fairly recent tradition: its story seems to have started at the beginning of the 20th century in the USA and is celebrated in the month of June. The custom of celebrating fathers then began to spread throughout the world reaching Italy too, where the preference was to fix it on 19 March, coinciding it with the celebration of Saint Joseph’s Day, the father figure related to Jesus.
At the beginning, Father’s Day started out as a national holiday, but this was later revoked even if it continues to be an opportunity for families, and especially for children, to celebrate their beloved fathers.

On the occasion of this festivity, the Veneranda Fabbrica del Duomo di Milano is inviting children to prepare a special gift for their dads. With a donation starting from €10, you will receive a colourable postcard, representing the statue of another father, St Joachim, famous in the Christian religion. A timeless symbol of fatherhood, a statue of the saint can still be found on the Duomo, facing the golden Madonnina as she ascends to Heaven, he watches over his beloved daughter and all the citizens of Milan. For donations of €50 and above, you can also request a donation certificate with customisable dedication.

By supporting one of our fundraising projects, you can see your name and that of your father inside the Veneranda Fabbrica’s Donor Register. Thus, your names will forever be linked to the history of the Duomo di Milano.


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Donation Office

Veneranda Fabbrica del Duomo di Milano
Via Carlo Maria Martini, 1 – Milano
Phone: +39 02.89096554
Monday-Friday: 9.30am-12.30pm and 2.30-6pm