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    Festa di San Giorgio 2023 will take place on Sunday, April 23, 2023, in the beautiful village of Portofino.

    The Feast of Saint George, also known as Falò di San Giorgio (Bonfire of Saint George), is a religious celebration which takes place every year on April 23, in Portofino, in honor of the patron saint of the town.

     

    THE SAINT

    According to legend, Saint George, also known as George of Lydda, was a soldier of the Praetorian Guard of the Roman Emperor Diocletian, who was sentenced to death for refusing to deny his Christian faith. He was executed by decapitation on April 23, 303.

    Today, Saint George is one of the most venerated saints in Christianity. He is the patron saint of England, Ukraine, Ethiopia, Georgia, Catalonia and Aragon in Spain, and Moscow in Russia.

     

    THE FEAST

    Before the day of the feast, a tree trunk cut on the mountain, known as pennolla, is brought to Piazza Martiri dell’Olivetta, the main square of the town.

    Around the trunk, are placed old boats, fences, branches, dried flowers and things to throw away, and on the evening of April 23 a huge fire is lit.

    In the meantime, people eat, drink and sing songs till the pennolla falls to the ground. If what remains of the trunk falls in the direction of the sea, it will be a good year. In the opposite case, if it falls towards the land, the season will not be that good.

     

    CALENDAR OF EVENTS

    On Sunday, April 23, at 6.00 pm, the celebrations in honor of Saint George will start with the Holy Mass held in the Church of San Giorgio, located on an elevated position, overlooking the town.

    Later, at 9.00 pm, the traditional bonfire will be lit in Piazza Martiri dell’Olivetta.

    The feast will end around midnight with a fireworks display.

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