The Carnival of Putignano

After the Carnival of Venice Carnival of Putignano is one of the oldest in Europe, and has its roots in the Middle Ages Over the years his success was so remarkable that it was also established in 2006, a version summer. Like Arlecchino Venice reminds us and reminds us Pulcinella Naples, Putignano is also represented by its characteristic mark, the Farinella. Farinella The name derives from a typical dish of the area, based on barley and chickpeas. Farinelli is a jester-looking rather similar to that of Harlequin, her dress and is wearing a multicolored hat with double-headed rattlesnake. It is believed that once the habit of Farinella was red and blue colors of the city, and that was three-cornered hat, symbolizing the three hills of Putignano.

The origins of the Carnival of Putignano

As we mentioned, the Putignano carnival has its roots in the Middle Ages. It is believed that it was born in 1394 year when the Knights of Malta, which then controlled the area, decided to move the relics of St. Stephen Martyr Castle Monopoli Putignano that are inland, represented a more secure than the Saracen invasions.Tradition has it that the arrival of the knights with the relics of the saint farmers have left the camps where they were busy working and, with his face smeared with flour, they danced and recited in dialect jokes and satires. Thus was born the carnival of Putignano. Many centuries later, with the advent of fascism, the carnival of Putignano has taken the form that today, seeing the introduction of the parades of floats (the parade is a typical element of fascist culture).

The exchange of the candle and the party Propaggini

You should know that the Carnival of Putignano is very long, starting with the ceremony of exchange of the candle on December 26. The ceremony requires that people bring a candle in church to ask forgiveness of sins in advance that he will commit during the carnival. Follows the same evening, the festival Propaggini. This provides a satirical verses in rhyme in the local dialect about the main events of the year and gossip about the powerful place. The recitation is rooted far back in time here because today it is performed by actors who wear peasant clothes and bearing in his hands the tools work.

The celebrations on Thursday
From January 17, the day of Saint Anthony Abbot, take off on Thursday in a series which we make fun of different social classes: the monsignors, priests, nuns, widows, bachelors, married women and finally horns.

Chariot of the Carnival of Putignano
The feast of the bear
The bear feast takes place on February 2, the feast of Candlemas. Tradition has it that if the weather is good, the bears build a barn for shelter from bad weather future if the weather is bad but the bear can relax because it will be good weather expected in the future. It 'a very particular logic, in reverse, which is dramatized in a very interesting stage each year by an association of Putignano.

The funeral of the Carnival
As in many other carnival, a Mardi Gras festival ends that day occurs during a traditional parade which marks the burial of the carnival, which is represented with a paper mache pig.