The famous 'Transhumance Festival' of Melissa, in the province of Crotone, is approaching, scheduled for 17 and 18 June 2021. This is a tradition that is part of the historical heritage that the town still preserves in its habits and customs.
Transhumance, as many people know, is the seasonal migration of cattle from the plains to the more mountainous areas. The Municipality of Melissa, together with Gal Kroton and in collaboration with Slow Food, APZ, Sila National Park and Arci, is pleased to celebrate the movement of the herds, organising a two-day event to remember and underline the importance of the Crotone livestock sector and the work that the breeders, who carry out the transhumance, do every day for the whole region.
On Thursday 17 June, in Piazza del Popolo in Melissa, a conference entitled 'A Rite that Binds Communities and Territories' will be held, followed by the opening ceremony of the event with musical entertainment by the group 'Le Cummarelle'.
On Friday 18 at 4.30 p.m., a welcome reception will be held in Granatello. This will be followed by the encampment and at 18.00 the transhumant walk will begin.
The first stage will last from 18.00 to 20.00, starting from the transhumance paths and arriving at the crossroads between Melissa and San Nicola. From here the transhumants will be transported by bus to the car station. From 9 p.m. onwards, the singing and dancing will begin, which will also be enlivened by the tasting of typical local dishes at the Chiusi locality.
This year's novelty is the "Pastor Project", which aims to enhance the role of this traditional figure, sometimes despised compared to the profound value he represents for the community.
Mayor Raffaele Falbo is confident that all the citizens of Melissa will participate unanimously, as the event is very popular every year and manages to involve all the neighbouring communities as well as many visitors and tourists from various parts of the region. The organisers of the event succeed in making a success of this event, thanks to the spirit with which the young breeders carry on a tradition that was handed down to them and given to them by their fathers and that makes them today the main protagonists of the historical and cultural heritage of their land and actors for the enhancement of the livestock system in Calabria.