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August 2020

Ferragosto

August 15 - August 29
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An event every year that begins at 12:00 am on day 15 of August, repeating indefinitely

It's the summer and in August many Italians are looking forward to Ferragosto which starts on August 15th. It's known as a two-week vacation period with roots in ancient Rome. When Emperor Augustus invented the feriae Augusti to mark the end harvest he also made it a moment that signified a period of well-deserved rest. Later, during the fascist regime, this time of the year was used to promote travel within the country, including discounts on train voyages to see all…

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January 2021

Novoli (Lecce): Bonfire for Sant’Antonio Abate Feast Day

January 16, 2021
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An event every year that begins at 12:00 am on day 16 of January, repeating indefinitely

Unnamed Venue Fòcara in Novoli, Italy + Google Map
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Novoli, a small town near Lecce, honors the town's patron, Sant'Antonio Abate, on the eve of his feast day January 17. The origin of the fire ritual is said to date back at least 1,000 years and is credited to monks from the east who settled in Novoli. The fòcara is a bonfire constructed of olive branches and grape vines in Piazza Tito Schipa. Using a huge ladder to pile the branches on top, the fire builders make a mountain…

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August 2021

Ferragosto

August 15, 2021 - August 29, 2021
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An event every year that begins at 12:00 am on day 15 of August, repeating indefinitely

It's the summer and in August many Italians are looking forward to Ferragosto which starts on August 15th. It's known as a two-week vacation period with roots in ancient Rome. When Emperor Augustus invented the feriae Augusti to mark the end harvest he also made it a moment that signified a period of well-deserved rest. Later, during the fascist regime, this time of the year was used to promote travel within the country, including discounts on train voyages to see all…

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January 2022

Novoli (Lecce): Bonfire for Sant’Antonio Abate Feast Day

January 16, 2022
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An event every year that begins at 12:00 am on day 16 of January, repeating indefinitely

Unnamed Venue Fòcara in Novoli, Italy + Google Map
Free

Novoli, a small town near Lecce, honors the town's patron, Sant'Antonio Abate, on the eve of his feast day January 17. The origin of the fire ritual is said to date back at least 1,000 years and is credited to monks from the east who settled in Novoli. The fòcara is a bonfire constructed of olive branches and grape vines in Piazza Tito Schipa. Using a huge ladder to pile the branches on top, the fire builders make a mountain…

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