The Night of Cucibocca (January 5)
An ancient tradition that marks the end of the holidays and the christmas libations. A sort of initiation to teach children to overcome fear. The mysterious Cucibocca roam between the alleys of the town wearing a dark skirt and a "cappellaccio", the face unrecognizable behind a flowing beard of hemp. At the foot have a broken chain and in his hand a big needle with which threaten to sew the mouth to children, that curious about the approach. Better not cry.
The Carnival of Montese (4,11 and 13 February)
a parade of masks connected to ancient popular rites. The allegorical floats, made by young cartapestai montesi custodians of a secular tradition, animate the streets of the village. At midnight on Shrove Tuesday, when burned the puppet representing Carnevalone, you hear the forty chiming of Mother Church. The day after, hanging from a rope, the seven figures of Lent appear in the narrow streets of the village, to remember the Lenten obligations of good Christian: fasting, abstinence and penance.
The Carnevalone (13 February)
at the first lights of the dawn of the Shrove Tuesday begins the parade of traditional Carnevalone, a very ancient rite that has its roots in the agricultural-pastoral culture. The first to appear is 'u Fus, the Parca. Launches in road, by making it rotate in the earth, its melt of wood hooked to a rope, symbol of destiny: Do not be hit. Quaremma, wife of Carnevalone, is dressed in black as its six daughters, each of which represents one of the weeks of Lent. In Quaremma arm Carnevalicchio port, a puppet dressed in white, symbol of Easter. Closes the procession the old and tired Carnevalone that, in the back of a donkey, passes through the streets of the village, aware of his imminent death.
NOTE: distances are set as the crow flies.