Festa Sant’Antuono possible new Unesco heritage
The Italian tradition
Festa Sant’Antuono possible new Unesco heritage, this festival bell has ancient origins. In fact, it is thought that this beautiful celebration was created in the Middle Ages. Soon perhaps it will become a Unesco heritage thanks to the project of the University of Bell Luigi Vanvitelli and the funds of the Region. The Festival of Sant’Antuono was born in Macerata Campania, a small town in the province of Caserta.
The festival takes place every year since the Middle Ages in the period of January. The duration is usually a week, with festivals and typical rituals of the time. In this week you can see everyone, from the parades of ancient floats to the blessing of animals. Everything ends on January 17th. And that day is celebrated, Sant’Antonio Abate.
The origins of this feast date back to the thirteenth century, but we have written evidence of this celebration since 1700. It was precisely the University of Bell University Luigi Vanvitelli to do a great work of analysis and research. And thanks to their efforts we have found ancient traces of this celebration.
A preparatory work for the presentation of the candidacy to UNESCO, but that would not have been possible if the Campania Region had not provided for a call for proposals. In fact, in the summer of 2018, this call was established for the preservation and enhancement of the elements characterizing the intangible heritage of the Region.
The volume presented to UNESCO for the candidacy of the festival has within it various research. With the aim of bringing more tourism to this village, and make it known internationally. Because now the festival is known only locally, even in the rest of Italy is quite unknown.
Above all this project wants to safeguard that spirit of identity that is fundamental today. So the festival is a mix of religiosity, folklore, traditions and popular participation, the feast of St. Anthony Abbot is above all this.
The event in its entirety is characterized both by moments dedicated to the cult of the Saint and by moments of pure and historical folklore.
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