Festival of the Madonna della Bruna

According to tradition, since 1389, every year on the 2nd July, Matera celebrates the Madonna della Bruna, the city’s Patron saint. Steeped in religious traditions, full of vibrant pagan rites, this spectacular festival is magical to be a part of. The Madonna della Bruna festival is the longest day of the year for Materans: the entire city pays homage to the Virgin, with celebrations long-awaited by the faithful. The festival celebrates the Virgin Mary apparition to a peasant, in a neighbourhood known today as Piccianello. The Carro Trionfale, a giant float, carries the Madonna around the streets of the town centre, up to the Cathedral. At night, the float continues its journey across the town’s central square, where it is grabbed and destroyed by the citizens, according to tradition.

The legend

A mysterious noble woman appeared to a peasant and his child while they were walking to the town. It is told that they agreed to take her to the inhabited centre. Once at the district known today as Piccianello district, in front of the most notable people in town, she disclosed all the magnificence of the Virgin Mary and asked the peasant to bring a letter to the Bishop, where she revealed she was the Mother of Jesus. All bystanders had a sudden flash of inspiration and since then, each year, on the 2nd of July, the apparition of the Virgin has been commemorated by carrying her statue in procession along the streets of Matera, on a giant float that is grabbed and destroyed by the citizens.


San Gerardo La Porta - Patrono di Potenza

Festival of the Patron Saint

A great event across faith, religious worship and tradition takes place every year.

The patron saint of Potenza, Saint Gerardo da Piacenza, is celebrated each year, on the 30th of May, when his effigy is carried in procession along the main streets of the capital. The day before, during the Historical Parade of the Turks, the sacred merges with the profane, history and legend come together and the ancient and the modern combine to give birth to one whole thing.


HISTORICAL PARADE OF THE TURKS

Gentlemen on steeds covered with drapes parade through the main streets of the city, next to commoners on small carts pulled by oxen, along with slaves, odalisques, flag-wavers, jugglers, sword throwers and other performers. This very long historical procession recalls three moments: the 19th century, with a commemoration in Piazza Sedile where the traditional Iaccara is lighted; the 16th century, at Porta Salza, where Count Alfonso de Guevara receives the silver keys of the city; and the third ‘picture’, with the procession and popular devotion to the Patron Saint in the 12th century. The Parade narrates the legend according to which, as a result of San Gerardo’s intercession, the invasion of the Turks who wanted to besiege the city was stopped.

VIDEO OF “HISTORICAL PARADE OF THE TURKS”



“Lu Braccial” – Popular song dedicated to San Gerardo

Je facc’ lu braccial e nun lu nèa,
e so cuntent e so cuntent assaie.

Nun l’abbanduneragg’ mai mai,
la zappa, lu zappit e lu pagliare.

Mò m’zappa l’urticiedd’
Mò m’zappa lu seminar,
e ogni anno ‘nu purciedd
nun me l’aggia fa mai manca!

Tigne na vigna accant à la jumara
Me pare na canestra chiena d’uva

Tigne na casa n’dreta a lu pagliare
ca quann’ trase vire lu monn’ nuove:
Int’ è chiéne d’ patate,
savucicchie e vine nuovo;
chi la iàsca e chi l’ucciuòlo,
ie me sènt’ d’arricrià!

Domenica m’aggia mett’ lu vuariniedd’,
Ca aggia gì appress a la prucessiona,
ca è la festa d’ lu Prutettore
ca stà esposto sova a lu muraglione.

San Gerarde Prutettore De Putenza Generale
Gnanna fa piglià nu mal’ a chi l’anna disprezzà!

*voice of Michele di Potenza



The procession of the Mysteries

Riti Mariani

On Good Friday, the statues of the Mysteries retrace the stops on the Via Crucis, going through the city at a very slow pace. Among the more evocative statues is that of the Madonna of the Sorrows, followed by others depicting Christ at the Column, Jesus Crucified, Christ Dead and the Pietà. The procession returns late at night and the statues are carried back again to the respective churches. The event, in which the four guilds of Montescaglioso participate, has its origins in the ceremonies of the Passion of Christ from southern Spain. An evocative atmosphere pervades the Chiesa Madre whilst the choir sings “The Lullabies’.

Where: Montescaglioso (MT)

www.montescaglioso.net


San Gerardo Maiella

Riti Mariani

Patron saint of Basilicata, together with the Black Madonna of Viggiano, Saint Gerard Majella is celebrated every 2nd of September with solemn celebrations, in Muro Lucano, where he was born.

Patron saint of Basilicata, together with the Black Madonna of Viggiano, Saint Gerard Majella is celebrated every 2nd of September with solemn celebrations, in Muro Lucano, where he was born.
A procession of believers from all over the region, but also from neighbouring ones, winds its way through the streets of the pretty village of Muro Lucano, starting from the mother church.
During the pilgrimage, the statue of the patron is carried on pilgrims’ shoulders to then return to the town square.
The celebrations, entirely dedicated to the figure of Saint Gerard Majella, end with the “National Music Festival of mothers and children”, an extraordinary event aimed at demonstrating how the figure of the Saint recalls the highest of values, such as the link between a mother and a child.