Thursday, July 22, 2010

Kid's and Costumes ~ Calendimaggio 2010

Well, I guess I am on a theme this week with all the kids. I just decided to go with it!

One of the things that was so special about the Calendimaggio Festival in Assisi was seeing how the whole community was involved, including the kids! Moms and dad's and grandpas ... siblings and pals. It was so fun to watch their enthusiasm and joy, though some of the tiny ones didn't quite know what was going on and the drums were a little loud for others. They were all so cute, I just had to share!

"Children are the hands by which take hold of heaven."
~Henry Ward Beecher

Have a beautiful weekend my friends!


Victoria said...

Wow..and Yay..and fabulous! I just wanna say..that i really LOVE that you cover all these kinds of festivals..they truy are so special, meaningful to me.. and it really makes me feel that wamrth in my heart...being just conjuures up all kinds of stories and photos and memories from my family. Thankyou..Hugs!

another mega-beautiful post..brilliant!

KathyA said...

Even the teenagers are into it!!!
And those babies!!!

ArtSparker said...

Amazing - does the whole town participate? Do they make their own costumes or i this an industry of the town?

Cobalt Violet said...

Susan, it does seem that almost the whole town participates. The costumes for the big processions are passed down and kept in families but they make new costumes for the big production scenes (which have to be in the many hundreds.)

They work for a year on the whole thing and I was told it is not for tourists (though we love it!) but something for themselves and that they are completely passionate about it.
It's also a competition between upper and lower Assisi which gets everyone revved up!

The main industry however, in Assisi is St. Francis with visitors coming from all over. It's one of the main pilgrimage sites in the world, plus the basilica for art lovers is a must see for some of the most famous frescos.

Kathy, the teenagers are completely into it! A lady I met there who is American talked about the passion they all put into ... that it's part of who they are. And, I know the babies are so cute!

Thanks Kiki!!! Your comment is so sweet. You are definitely going to have to go one day and celebrate your heritage!!!

Kerry O'Gorman said...

How precious! Love the last photo especially and all the matching ladies and babies costumes...

Loree said...

Precious photos and precious memories I'm sure The costumes are so detailed and beautiful.

Anonymous said...

Loree expressed my feelings exactly, precious photos and precious memories!

Somehow I never made it there, but one day I will.
Thank you for reminding me of this event!

(as in Caravaggio da M.....)

sue said...

What beautiful photos! These are excellent...and what wonderful costumes on these lovely children. Thanks for sharing these!

Ola said...

They are so cute whatever they wear!

Unknown said...

And where is the girl with the pearl earring? OK, I know she was dutch! :-))) Awesome shots! Some of them really look like paintings. Fantastic post!

Parisbreakfasts said...

extraordinary pictures!

Ruthie Redden said...

How very wonderful, i should love one day to experience this! the costumes are beautiful, but even more so in miniature! We have a medieval fair here & i love to see the folks dressed up, i did it myself a few years aago, love the excuse to wear medieval dress & thoroughly enjoyed making my costume too!