The ‘Marriage Of The Trees’ Festivals In Basilicata

A mix of the sacred and the profane, unveiling a peculiar relationship between man and nature, these unique marriages between an old oak called ‘Maggio’ and a holly tree called ‘Cima’ - representing the groom and the bride - have been taking place…

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The “Maggio” in Accettura

Accettura is "the” symbolic town of the "marriages of the trees" that are celebrated in Basilicata. These are ancestral and propitiatory rites, in which a trunk (Maggio) and a tree top (Cima)—the "groom" and "bride"—are joined together and lifted up…

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“U’ Masc’” in Pietrapertosa

The "marriage" between a Turkey oak and a tree-top, which takes place in this beautiful town in the Basilicata Dolomites, is one of the tree rituals that has been celebrated for centuries in the region. The "U' Masc'" festival in Pietrapertosa…

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The Maggio in Oliveto

Solemnity and joy are the leitmotif of the arboreal rite of Oliveto Lucano, which is celebrated from 10th to 12th August each year, among the sacred and the profane. The two "spouses", the Turkey oak (‘maggio’) and the holly tree-top (‘cima’), are…

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The “du’ Masc'” festival of Castelmezzano

Castelmezzano is one of the Basilicata municipalities that celebrates the ancestral tree ritual consisting of a real "marriage" between plants: a trunk and a tree-top. Every year, on 12th and 13th September, coinciding with the celebrations in…

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“L’a Pitu e la Rocca” in Viggianello

This ritual of pagan origin, which over the course of time has combined with Christian tradition, is held annually in Viggianello; it is an event not to be missed, due to the solemnity of the occasion that sets it apart. The arboreal rite is…

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A Pit’ in Terranova di Pollino

This is one of eight arboreal rites of Basilicata which are renewed among the regional park of Gallipoli Cognato and the Pollino National Park, among the sacred and the profane. Unlike the others, that of Terranova di Pollino does not celebrate the…

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The “‘ndenna” and the “cunocchia” of Castelsaraceno

The "Marriage of the trees", in Basilicata, is also celebrated in Castelsaraceno during the first three Sundays in June, on the occasion of the feast of Sant’Antonio. The "'ndenna" and the "cunocchia", a beech tree trunk and the top of a pine tree,…

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“L’a’ Pitu e la Rocca” in Rotonda

Every year from 8th to 13th June the people of Rotonda celebrate the unique marriage "of the trees", one of the most impressive arboreal rites in Basilicata, linked to an ancestral Lucanian tradition. The "bride" (the "rocca"), and the "bridegroom"…

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