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    Calendimaggio 2024 will most likely take place between Wednesday, May 8, and Saturday, May 11, 2024, in the beautiful town of Assisi.



    Since 2015, the festival is held every year on the first Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday after the 1st of May, to greet the arrival of spring.

    In 2024, May 1st will fall on a Wednesday, just as it happened in 2019, and Calendimaggio 2024 will most likely take place between May 8 and 11.



    Calendimaggio 2024 will take place in Assisi, and the most important events of the festival will be held in the main square of the town, Piazza del Comune.



    Calendimaggio 2024The origins of Calendimaggio are lost in time. Most likely, the festival tried to revive an ancient pagan custom that celebrated the return of spring and the renewal of the cycle of life.

    The ancient chronicles tell us that Assisi, at the beginning of the 14th century, reached its maximum splendor, a fact confirmed by the expansion of its walls, and by its numerous palaces and churches.

    At the same time, the city was divided in two parts – the Lower Part (Parte de Sotto), belonging to the Fiumi family, supporting the Guelphs, and the Upper Part (Parte de Sopra), belonging to the Nepis family, supporting the Ghibellines.

    For short periods of time, one family overtook the other, but Calendimaggio was kept alive.

    This custom lasted for centuries, until the festival was profoundly renewed in 1927, at the behest of the Mayor of Assisi, Arnaldo Fortini.

    During the Second World War, the festival was paused, but was brought back to life after the war, in 1947.

    Finally, in 1954, on the initiative of some local intellectuals, Calendimaggio received the shape in which is celebrated today.



    For Calendimaggio, the town is divided in two parts – the Magnificent Lower Part (Magnifica Parte de Sotto) and the Noble Upper Part (Nobilissima Parte de Sopra).

    The parts challenge each other for the conquest of the Palio, through parades in medieval costumes, reenactment of medieval life and musical performances.

    A jury, composed of internationally renowned experts (a historian, a musicologist and an entertainment personality), choose the winner of each edition.



    On Wednesday, May 8, the main events are the blessing of the banners, the ceremony of handing over the keys of the city, the restitution of the Palio and the reading of challenges.

    On Thursday, May 9, various medieval games will take place, and the Madonna Primavera will be elected.

    On Friday, May 10, the challenge between the tambourines of the two parts will take place, and various night parades.

    On Saturday, May 11, the last day of the festival, daytime parades will take place, followed by the singing challenge, and the assignment of the Palio in the evening.

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