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    Cavalcata dei Magi 2023

    Date: 6 January 2023

    Cavalcata dei Magi 2023 will take place on Friday, January 6, 2023, in the beautiful city of Florence. The Cavalcade of the Magi is a religious tradition that recreates the pilgrimage of the three Wise Men for the birth of Jesus, which takes place every year on January 6, on the occasion of the Epiphany. Epiphany is the feast that celebrates the revelation of the Incarnation of God as Jesus Christ, and the visit of the Magi to the Child.   SHORT HISTORY The Cavalcade of the Magi already existed as a tradition in the 15th century, when a company of laymen known as the Holy Magi Kings (Santi Re Magi) organized a festive procession through the streets of Florence. Initially, the procession was held every three years and, starting with 1447, every five years. The cavalcade comprised of three groups of people, who met in front of the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, and marched together to the Basilica of San Marco, where they sang hymns and prayers dedicated to Christ. The Medici were also members of this organization, which was prohibited after their exile from Florence, in 1494. In the following centuries, the celebration underwent many changes Read more [...]

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    Festa della Rificolona 2023

    Date: 7 September 2023

    Festa della Rificolona 2023 will take place on Thursday, September 7, 2023, in the beautiful city of Florence. Festa della Rificolona (Festival of the Paper Lanterns) is an event from the Florentine popular folklore, held every year on September 7, on the eve of the Nativity of Mary. On this occasion, young people of Florence wind along the streets of the city, carrying around colored paper lanterns.   SHORT HISTORY The origins of the festival date back to the middle of the 17th century, and is due to the arrival in the city of many peasants from the nearby countryside to celebrate the Nativity of the Madonna in the Basilica of the Santissima Annunziata. The farmers also came to Florence to sell their products at the fair held on September 8 in the square in front of the basilica. To arrive on time, they left their homes before the break of dawn, and lit their way with lanterns of various shapes hanging on rods. After entering the city, the young Florentine people accompanied the villagers, making fun of their clothes, joking about the shapes of their women and trying to destroy their lanterns with spit wads. As time went on, Read more [...]