Customs and Traditions in folk festivals

Folklore represents the customs and traditions of a land or town. Naturally, in the new cities in the Agro Pontino region, the historic and cultural roots go back to rather recent times, and the traditions are best seen in the local patron saints’ feasts, which are a combination of religious celebrations and secular festivities. These include the feast days of Maria Santissima Annunziata at Sabaudia, San Felice Martire at San Felice Circeo, San Cesareo at Terracina, and the Maria SS. Assunta festival at Fondi. The local festivals showcase the products of the land and display reconstructions of scenes of farm life, offer the inhabitants of this region the occasion to express themselves while enjoying themselves. Some of the most important events reflect local religious tradition. At Fondi, on occasion of the Corpus Domini, there is the Infiorata, a characteristic parade of carpets made of flower petals representing sacred images. Again at Fondi, September 10 is the day of the Madonna del Cero, an age-old procession in honour of the Virgin Mary, who is said to have saved the town from the plague. In mid-July at Terracina there is the Festa del Mare (Sea Festival), with a procession of boats in honour of the Madonna del Carmelo.

On this occasion the boats are decorated by the fishermen, who follow the paranzella, one of the typical local fishing vessels that is drawn to bear the image of the Madonna in the sea. Sabaudia also celebrates its patron saint with the Festa Patronale, during which a similar procession takes place on the lake. In many towns, including Fondi, Sabaudia and San Felice Circeo, there are torch-lit processions that go through the streets to commemorate the Passion of Christ. Along with the traditional local festivals, there are the many different cultural, musical, theatre and sports events and festivals that offer a fine program. Pontino Music Festival. Concerts are held in different venues in July and August: the Castello Caetani at Sermoneta, the Fossanova Abbey, the Teatro Comunale at Latina. Festival della Collina - International Folklore Spectacle. This is one of the Italian festivals that is part of the worldwide circuit of the CIOFF (Conseil International des Organisations de Festivals du Folklore et d'Arts Traditionnels), which promotes traditional art and culture. The festival is held in late July, with a week of travelling shows performed by groups and companies from all over the world.

They are professionals whose dances and songs represent the best expression of the traditions and customs of their respective countries. "Città di Fondi" International Folklore Festival. The International Folklore Festival is held every year in August. While performers come from the five continents, there are local groups as well. A complementary aspect of the festival comprises round table discussions of the traditions and customs of the countries represented by the groups, as well as an exhibition of old farm implements.

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