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Saints Felice and Policarpo’s festivity/ La Festa dei Santi Felice e Policarpo August 11, 2008

Filed under: Festivals and fairs,Old traditions — Gina @ 6:08 pm

” Furono martiri del III sec. sepolti nel cimitero di S. Callisto a Roma. L’iscrizione sepolcrale ci attesta che furono martiri e che S. Policarpo era prete. Le reliquie dei Martiri furono traslate a Francavilla il 9 Agosto 1626. Il 10 Agosto 1628, a causa di copiose grazie ottenute, furono solennemente eletti Principali Protettori di Francavilla. Da allora la festa ricorre ogni anno il 10 Agosto”.

Anche quest’anno la festa si è svolta con la messa celebrata all’aperto, la processione per le strade del paese con  le statue precedute dalla Banda e seguite dai fedeli in preghiera, un concerto ed i fuochi di artificio a tarda sera.  Ma, da qualche anno, è stata ripristinata una vecchia tradizione in disuso: durante la processione le statue sono precedute da persone che sfilano portando sulla testa i”cìgljë“: particolari decorazioni realizzate con spighe di grano o candele arricchite da nastri e fiori. La cosa più bella e  folkloristica è un ballo tipico che essi fanno, con i “cìgljë” in testa di fronte ai Santi.

“They were martirs of the 3th century, bureid in the St. Callisto’s  Cemetery  in Rome. The sepulchral inscription attests that they were martirs and that St. Policarpo was a priest. The Martirs’ relics were moved to Francavilla on 9th August 1626. On  10th August 1628, because of plentiful graces, were solemny elected Main Patrons of Francavilla. From then the festivity is celebrated every year on 10th August”.

Also this year the festivity was celebrated with a Mass outside, the procession through the streets of the town with the musical band preceding and the praying believers following the statues, a concert and the fireworks at late night. But, since some years, an unused old tradition has been reviving:during the processio the statues are preceded by people that parade taking on their head the “cìgljë“:particular decorations made with wheat ears or candles enriched by flakes and flowers. The dance they do with the “cìgljë” on their head in front of the Saints is the most beautiful and flkloe thing. 

Ecco alcune foto della processione:

Here are some photos of the procession:

I “cìgljë“/ The “cìgljë

La Banda musicale / The musical Band

I Santi / The Saints

La danza con i “cìgljë” davanti ai Santi / the dance with the”cìgljë” in front of the Saints.

Gina -Scuola Primaria “A. Ciancia”- Francavilla in Sinni (PZ) – Italia

Più foto/ More Photos: sulsinni.com

Più notizie / More news: sulsinni.com

I festeggiamenti in Argentina/The celebrations in Argentina: sulsinni.com

 

5 Responses to “Saints Felice and Policarpo’s festivity/ La Festa dei Santi Felice e Policarpo”

  1. ivasil Says:

    Interesting! We saw a similar procession in Bari last year, in the honour of St. Nicholas, one of the town’s patrons.
    But how come the tradition was revived? Who did it? I think that usually once a tradition is lost, it is forever.
    Enjoy the remaining holidays.
    Bye.
    Irina

  2. Gina Says:

    In the last time groups of young people have been discovering our local culture and our old traditions. In this case, I think, active women that work in the parish and collaborate to prepare the festivities did it.
    Gina

  3. ivasil Says:

    Its nice to hear that traditions are revived and especially that young people are interested in them.
    Thanks for the answer.
    Irina

  4. ivasil63 Says:

    I saw it, thank you. Very nice! I’ll be following the site, looking forward to read more.
    Irina


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