The small community of Opi dress up in traditional clothes at dusk and with hand-held flickering torches feast and light up the night the day after Epiphany.
December 8th is ‘Immacolata Concezione’ (Immaculate Conception Day), when Italy traditionally turns on its Christmas lights, but in Abruzzo, there is another tradition and rite in many beach and mountain towns, the lighting of giant bonfires accompanied by song and cheer that begin on the 7th December!
Francavilla al Mare celebrates the 7th of December with the tradition of Focaracci as a vigil for Immaculate Conception Day.
Ndocciata di Agnone is an event that takes place on 8 and 24 December, consisting of a parade of huge torches (handcrafted silver fir trunks filled with broom), along the course of the city that is lined with locals to create a river of fire!
Collelongo: 𝑰 𝑭𝒂𝒗𝒐̀𝒓𝒆 𝒅𝒆𝒍𝒍❜𝑰𝒎𝒎𝒂𝒄𝒐𝒍𝒂𝒕𝒂 is the town’s fire rite celebration to welcome the arrival…
Abruzzo’s purifying fire feste are legendary especially those lit in January to celebrate the Egyptian Saint Anthony Abbot and giving without asking
Victory re-enactments come in all shapes and sizes across Abruzzo and Fara Filiorum Petri’s combustible one is one of the highlights. It is breathtakingly dramatic and very very loud, imagine 15 x 7 m high reed farchie interlaced with bangers being lit to celebrate an 18th-century defeat of the French!