B Bonfire of St. Joseph - tuesday 19 march 2024 in Montescaglioso, Matera [Religious occurrences]
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Bonfire of St. Joseph

tuesday 19 march 2024 in Montescaglioso, Matera


Bonfire of St. Joseph

This is an ancient tradition closely linked to the agro-pastoral world and agricultural cycles. On March 19, in fact, we celebrate St. Joseph with the lighting of bonfires in various parts of the city, representing an ancient tradition that is repeated punctually. Men, women and children of the neighborhood, in the past, gathered around the bonfire and sang together while tasting taralli and sipping wine, cheered by the sound of the organetto. Once the flame was exhausted and the wood was well consumed, the various representatives of the families of the neighborhood would come forward with the braziers and collect the embers considered blessed, with which they would then light the charcoal brazier in the house. Late in the evening, the last embers extinguished, everyone returned to their homes. The rite, strongly propitiatory, in reality also had the function of disposing of the huge quantities of "frasca" produced by the pruning of the olive groves and, in general, of the arboretums that roughly ended within the month of March.

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