Religious traditions

Lucca’s Luminara, a procession towards the Holy Face

On the evening of September 13th 2016, according to an ancient, yearly tradition dating back to at least the 11th century, a procession of...

The Machine of Saint Rose, a tower of light in Viterbo

Next September 3rd, according to a centuries-old annual tradition, the Machine of Saint Rose (or “Macchina di Santa Rosa”) will parade down the streets...

The Runaway Madonna in Sulmona

On Easter Sunday, Mary runs to Jesus after his resurrection: it happens every year in Sulmona, during the traditional “Runaway Madonna” (“La Madonna che...

Sparks fly from folk traditions: the “fracchie” of San Marco in Lamis

It’s Good Friday in San Marco in Lamis (Foggia), and Mary runs to her son Jesus, with people lighting her way with large torches...

The Torciata in Pitigliano: the fire of tradition in a beautiful medieval town

Pitigliano is a small town in the province of Grosseto, known as “Little Jerusalem” (you can read more about it in a previous article)....

The Farchie in Fara Filiorum Petri: torches of salvation

On January 16th, every year, the Farchie in Fara Filiorum Petri burn in front of the local church of Saint Anthony the Abbot, patron...

Novoli’s fòcara: purification for the new year

The fòcara (or fòcura) in Novoli, Lecce, is one of the “fire festivals” held in Salento on the eve of the day of Saint...

The Sabbioni Nativity: a glimpse of Christmas in the olden days

Crema, Lombardy, is home to a beautiful nativity held every year since 1989 in the Sabbioni district. One Christmas after the other, the initiative has...

The ‘Ndocciata in Agnone – a Christmas bonfire

On December 24th this year, in keeping with a beautiful Christmas tradition, the 'Ndocciata will light up the streets of Agnone, a beautiful town...

Messina’s “Vara”: five centuries in procession

Messina’s “Vara” is over 13 meters tall, and parades in front of a long procession held in the Sicilian city every year on August...

The candle holders in Nulvi: a day of thanks on August 14

“Essida de sos candhaleris” means “egress of the candle holders” in Sardinian dialect, and refers to the traditional event celebrating the Assumption of Mary...

The Luminara of San Ranieri in Pisa: religious and folk tradition

Every year, on June 16, Pisa lights up with the Luminara of San Ranieri, a great celebration made up of one hundred thousand candles,...

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