the Sunday following 13 June as devotion to Saint Anthony of Padua is celebrated the feast of mascio, a rite that has been repeated for decades. In fact, still today, people similarly to that of yesterday plays this cult arboreal though mutated in meaning and function. The feast of Mascio is articulated in three phases that mark the principal moments of complex scenic action-ceremonial.
In the first phase is shot a Cerro, standard tree previously identified and recognized the king of the forest.
In the second phase is felled another shaft: a holly, chosen among the most wealthy branches and sheets, said top: the Queen de Bosco. The day of slaughter and transport of the top takes place at the same time also the transport of the tree that, meanwhile, has already been deprived of branches and bark. The Cerro or May, is dragged from different pariglie of oxen; while the top is brought into the country with the crown placed on the yoke of two young cows. The transport processional of the two shafts is without doubt the most spectacular and involving and allows anyone to join, with a good dose of participation on the various actions and tensions that the same transport generates.
The third step is carried out in the country where the two shafts are triumphantly introduced and welcomed with great joy, expressed from concerts and supply of wine and biscuits to all present.
The next day the carriage, the May and the top are engaged one to the other, almost to symbolize a sort of marriage between the two plants. In the morning it plays the part more properly religious and Christian of the procession of the statue of S. Antonio for the main streets of the village.
The last stage of the statue is before the convent of S. Francis. In the meantime the may begins to be erected with techniques that use physical work, in this case with the ropes. The afternoon finally takes place the final phase with the climb.
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