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6/06/2009

JUNE: FOLKLORE AND RELIGION IN UMBRIA

DON'T MISS TWO AMAZING EVENTS THAT WILL TAKE PLACE IN UMBRIA THIS MONTH!

13TH-14TH JUNE CORPUS DOMINI IN ORVIETO

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The Corpus Domini (the Latin expression means Body of the Master) is a significant and solemn event in the Christian liturgical calendar. It was instigated on the 8th September 1264 by Pope Urban IV following the miracle of Bolsena. The story of the miracle relates an account of the Bohemian priest, Pietro of Prague who, on his way from Prague to Rome in 1263, had been experiencing some doubts about the truth of the transubstantiation. While celebrating mass at the tomb of the Holy Martyr, Cristina, in Bolsena, blood dripped from the consecrated host, bathing the host or corporale and the liturgical linens. Since then, every year in Orvieto, on the Sunday following the feast of the Corpus Domini, the remains of the sacred host from the Miracle of Bolsena, contained in a precious reliquary, is carried in a procession through the streets, following a route that passes through all of the districts and all of the most significant places of the town. The religious procession marches together with an historical parade where all the magistrates, captains, standard-bearers and knights of the communal period are represented, as well as the Coats of Arms and the banners of the noble Orvietan families. The two processions come together in an extremely evocative and unforgettable spectacle.


19TH 28 JUNE - MERCATO DELLE GAITE IN BEVAGNA

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This event shows the dayly life of the citizens of Bevagna (=bevanati) in the Medieval period, when the city was divided in 4 districts called "GAITE".
For 10 days the bevanati compete in 4 different competitions: Medieval market, Medieval crafts, gastronomic competition and Medieval sports such as archery.

UMBRIA AWAITS YOU, DISCOVER IT WITH US!

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