In an otherwise unassuming little corner of Italy, a popular winter-time festival will see thousands of people bask in the glow of a huge bonfire and enter a range of competitions.
Taking place on November 16th, the celebration of La Fugarena in the historic citadel of Terre del Sole stems from an ancient pagan custom of using fire to honour the gods for the forthcoming harvest.
Over history, with the rise of Christianity it became incorporated into the more familiar harvest festival tradition, giving thanks for the bounty of the farms and fields which abound across this part of the country.
In contemporary times, the festival attracts several thousand people each year who come to delight in the huge bonfire lit in the middle of the town and contest a number of physical events, including cross-country running, as well as more artistic endeavours.
Music, dancing and markets selling a range of local produce are the other key attractions, which see the local people let their hair down and enliven this usually fairly laid-back little town.
Bonfires are a popular fixture of British festivals, most notably on November 5th when the country remembers Guido Fawkes’ plot to blow up the House of Parliament.
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