Ferriere – Cantamaggio
On the first day of May the long-awaited appointment of Cantamaggio returns to Ferriere, the very ancient popular event handed down from generation to generztion until our own time.
On the occasion of Cantamaggio, the Gruppo dei Cantori Popolari locali (Group of local popular singers) visits all the villages round Ferriere singing the traditional songs of the Apennines of Piacenza and honouring the inhabitants with songs of good wishes to celebrate the arrival of spring.
Throughout the night – from 30 Apri until 1 May - the community welcomes the arrival of the 'maggerini' offering them tastes odf typical local foods and a glass of good wine, in a happy convivial atmosphere.
The ancient popular tradition ended with offering the singers a basket of eggs - a propitiatory offering - that they carried through the valley during the night of 30 April, to continue - on the morning of 1 May - with great wreaths of flowers that symbolise the entrance into the new season of love, of rebirth and of the fertility of the earth.
Comune di Ferriere
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