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JANUARY
5th
Rivisondoli (Aq)
Live Christmas crib
16th
Fara Filiorum Petri (Ch)
The “Farchie”. Very high reed pyres are lit in
memory of Saint Antonio’s miracle whose intervention
caused the French to be expelled.
16th
Villavallelonga (Aq)
The “Panarda”. Saint Antonio’s Day Celebration:
Procession and blessing of the animals.
16th
Collelongo (Aq)
The “Cicerocchi”. Blessing of the pans and pots
Boiled maize-cobs are distributed.

FEBRUARY
3rd
Rivisondoli (Aq)
Live Christmas crib
3rd
Taranta Peligna (Ch)
The “Panicelle”. The “Panicelle” are distributed during
the liturgy and after the procession. The congregation
eat them in devotion to Saint Biagio.
3rd
Bussi sul Tirino (Pe)
Saint Biagio’ s Day

MARCH / APRIL
Good friday and Wednesday
Gessopalena (Ch)
Ash Wednesday and Good Friday: Procession and live represantations take place in the interesting scenery of the old village.
Thursday before Easter
Vasto (Ch)
Thursday before Easter: Procession of the “Sacra Spina” (sacred thorn).
Good Friday
Chieti
Good Friday: The oldest Way of the Cross in Italy with “Miserere” chanted only by men’s voices and accompaniment of one hundred violins.
Good Friday
Lanciano (Ch)
Good Friday: interesting procession.
Good Friday
LÂ’Aquila
: interesting procession.
Good Friday
Sulmona (Aq)
Good Friday: interesting procession.
Good Friday
Teramo
Good Friday: interesting procession.
Easter ceremonies
Sulmona (Aq)
Easter: Procession dedicated to the Madonna who runs toward the risen Christ.
Tuesday after Easter
Orsogna (Ch)
Tuesday after Easter: the “Talami” or parts of Biblical scenes.
28th April
San Salvo (Ch)
Celebration dedicated to Saint Vitale: On Saturday before April 28th farm tractors all decked out carry the
burden of wheat that, once made in flour, is used
to make the ceremonial “taralli”.

MAY
1st
Teramo
The “Virtues” : religious dish made from pulses, pasta and
vegetables for atonement.
First Sunday of Easter
Pretoro (Ch)
Celebration for Saint Domenico’s miracle.
First
thursday of Easter
Cocullo (Aq)
The “serpari” procession in Saint Domenico’s honour.
8th
Rapino (Ch)
The “Verginelle” (Virgins): Procession of little girls between 6 and 10 who are dressed in white in the Madonna’s honour.
Sunday before the 23th
Bucchianico
Anniversary of the mockery inflicted on the Chieti inhabitants, their old enemies.
Pentecoste
Loreto Aprutino (Pe)
Saint Zopito’s ox: an ox kneels in front of the image
of the saint reenacting the miracle which happened in
in 1711.
last Sunday
Rocca di Mezzo (Aq)
The Narcissus in Bloom Festival

JUNE
11th
Casalbordino
Pilgrimage to the Madonna dei Miracoli (Madonna of the Miracles)
First half of Easter
Raiano
The cherry festival.
24th
Bisegna (Aq)
Celebration dedicated to Saint Giovanni.
24th
Fossacesia (Ch)
Celebration dedicated to Saint Giovanni.
24th
Civitella Roveto (Aq)
Celebration dedicated to Saint Giovanni.
24th
Canestro (Aq)
Celebration dedicated to Saint Giovanni.
24th
Balsorano (Aq)
Celebration dedicated to Saint Giovanni.

JULY
13th
Pescara
Jazz festival.
13th
Villamagna
The Saracen: Anniversary of the Saracen attempt of besieging the town and S. Margherita’s miraculous intervention.
from 15th to 15th August
Castellalto (Te)
“Castellarte” (Art in the castle) in the Village of Castelbasso.
July-August
Tagliacozzo
Midsummer festival.
The last Week
Civitella
“Ruzzola” tournament (Sport played with a wooden discus made to spin on the road).
End of July
Pescara
Mediterranean food: exhibition of the local products of
Abruzzo

AUGUST
The Sunday first
Tollo (Ch)
Historical commemoration.
The Sunday first
Rocca di Mezzo (Aq)
Contest of the straight furrow.
5th
Castel del Monte (Aq)
Sheep gathering at Campo Imperatore (Gran Sasso)
6th-7th-8th
Corropoli (Te)
The barrel “Palio” (race, competition).
from 1th to 15th
Guardiagrele (Ch)
The Abruzzo handicrafts Fair
During the month
Castelli (Te)
The Potterry Fair
14th
Scanno (Aq)
The “Catenaccio”, traditional wedding procession
20th-21th
Navelli (Aq)
The Chickpea and saffron Festival
End of August
LÂ’Aquila
The “Perdonanza” (forgiveness)
31th
Lanciano (Ch)
The toy Fair

SEPTEMBER
During the month
Lanciano (Ch)
The “Mastrogiurato”, historical commemoration.
8th
Rosello (Ch)
Procession dedicated to the Madonna of Grace.
11th
Castiglione M.M. (Ch)
Procession dedicated to the Madonna of the Mountain.
The Sunday First
Pacentro (Aq)
The Gipsy competition.
Santo Stefano di Sessanio
Lentil festival.
23th
Forcella (Te)
Ritual Dance of the “Insegna” (banner)
27th
Roccascalegna (Ch)
The “conocchie” Procession, vessels made from wheat decorated with flowers and ribbons, dedicated to the Physician Saints Cosma and
Damiano.
27th
Altino (Ch)
The “conocchie” Procession.
27th
Lentella (Ch)
The “conocchie” Procession.

OCTOBER
During the month
Villa S.Maria
Chefs’ convention.

NOVEMBER
During the month
Villa S.Maria
Rassegna dei cuochi
10th
Scanno (Aq)
The “Glorie” (Glories), huge bonfires more than 20 etres high.
11th
S.Valentino (Pe)
Celebration dedicated to S. Martino.

DECEMBER
6th
Pollutri (Ch)
Celebration dedicated to Saint Nicola. Broad beans are cooked the evening before in the main square.
8th
Atri (Te)
The “Fauni” ‘s (Fauns) fire.
Archi (Ch)
Night-time salutation to the Immaculate Conception.
10th
Torino di Sangro (Ch)
Night-time torchlight procession and songs of good wishes taken from the “mattinate” (morning-songs).
23th
Lanciano (Ch)
The “squilla ” Procession

26/10/2004


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