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17th January 2017, Feast Of Saint Anthony

17th January 2017, Feast of Saint Anthony

Perugia , Assisi, Cascia, Norcia von 17/01/2019 Bis 20/01/2019
Art ereignis:
  • Art and Culture
  • Religiöse Feste
  • Folklore


The 17th January of each year, the figure of Saint Anthony Abate is celebrated around the world. The Saint is the patron of farmers and ranchers, and the protector of animals and pets.

The devotion to the Saint is really strong in Italy and especially in Umbria, where the celebrations are involving many cities and villages. The culmination of the testivities in his honor is the traditional and suggestive blessing of the animals.

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In Perugia, the Feast of Saint Anthony is held with the blessing of the animals and the procession of the Saint through the streets of the district of Porta Pesa. In particular, this day constitues the final event of the exhibition "The Village in Winter" scheduled from the 6th December to the 17th January. A rich program of cultural events and initiatives, that includes the renewes "Big Nativity Scene" situated inside the Saint Anthony Church in Corso Bersaglieri, completely renovated with a great setting.

The Feast of Saint Anthony is really felt in Assisi, where the Saint is celebrated with great solemnity. Afeter the distribution of votive bread on Sunday morning, peasants, farmets, shepherds and ordinary citizend bear their pets on parade in the central square of Santa Maria degli Angeli, for the traditional blessing performed by the monks of Porziuncola.

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A deep sense of religion and devotion characterizes the Feast of 17th January in honor of Saint Anthony Abate in Valnerina.

At the town of Norcia, the liturgical celebrations will take place in the Monastery of the Benedictine nuns. Here, the population will be gathered with their animals for the blessing of cattle, salt and wheat, important aspects of this event. There will be also all the pastors of the city for the traditional parade of animals and the auction of the lambs.

At Cascia, the Feast of the Saint is inclused within "Passion for traditions: Feast of the rural traditions of the mountain". This waited event is starting on Sunday 17th January with the holy Mass, which the populations will take part accompanied for the occasion by their animals. Dogs, cats, rabbits, sheeps, horses... will be there for the traditional blessing that will close the celebrations for the Saint.

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The events of the manifestation "Passion for traditions" is carring on the next weekend, the 23th and 24th of January, when Cascia will come back into the time for a real journey in the rural culture and the folk customs.

There will be many tasting of typical products of Umbria and music, with the 40th Interregional Exhibition of Pasquarelle. The event, which will see the participation of about 20 folk music group from all over the Umbria and other Italian regions, strictly in traditional clothing, is one of the most important events of popular music in Valnerina.