Friday, June 25, 2010

Calendimaggio ~ Medieval Stories Come to Life

Friday: Day Two of Calendimaggio

Did I mention they act out medieval stories? This was my absolute favorite and was "produced" by the Parte de Sopra.

With my lack of knowledge of the Italian language (with the exception of being able to order "vino rosso" and ridiculous amounts of food) this is what I got from this particular story. The maiden is sick and dying. Her family is there, then the clergy comes, then the apothecaries ... then finally the women with the herbs show up, do their thing and save the day! (Of course, I mean, was there ever any doubt?!) They all rejoice and dance and it is a beautiful celebration of life, spring and a fabulous reason to have a party ... I mean, festival.

I could be wrong, but let's go with that version!

Calendimaggio 2010

Do not cease to drink beer,
to eat,
to intoxicate thyself,
to make love,
and to celebrate the good days.
~Egyptian Proverb

More Assisi and Calendimaggio to come!!


PK Studios said...

Everyone is so happy! Looks like fun.

Anonymous said...

Stunning!!! from Melissa N.

ArtSparker said...

Sounds a bit pagan...Love the woman with the branches.

and flowers pick themselves said...

wonderful photos! looks like oodles of fun.

xo Alison

erin's art and gardens said...

how fun!! love the herb lady! and the shot of the orange ribbons! hope you are having a good weekend........

Kerry O'Gorman said...

Wow! I wish I had those people in my house when I feel like crap! Fantastic photos. I think you understand it all quite brilliantly.

sue said...

This is wonderful! I love your rendition of the story. Great photos here.

Victoria said...

This was so of my faves now! And to me..these kinds of tales are close to my heart as it is pretty common in our upbringing..Love it!

Ps; thanks for your lovely comment and the hemp cord I got at a beading-crystal show wiht various vendors.I am not sure who i bought it from!
have a sparkling day!

Anonymous said...

Wow these pictures are amazing! It's like being in the middle of the real thing!

Heather Jacks said...

Fantastico!!! So vibrant and beautiful!

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