This is an ancient tradition marking the end of the Christmas libations and festivities. The mysterious figures taking part in the ceremony go around the alleyways of the town centre wearing a dark cape and a monstrous hat, their faces rendered unrecognisable by a flowing beard of hemp. At their feet is a broken chain and they carry a large needle with which they threaten to sew up the mouths of curious children who approach them. The mysterious ritual which is repeated every year is a sort of initiation of the children to conquer their fear. After the procession, musical groups with pipers perform and dishes of the local cuisine are offered.

Where: Montescaglioso
When: 5 January

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