Festivals & Events
Throughout the year you can enjoy many traditional festivals and events in Molise. Below I list some of the events that take place in the nearby villages. Of course there are a lot more to experience and explore and I will be glad to help you around with information of what to do and see during your stay.
St.Pardo is the most important festival of Larino and it takes place between 25th and 27th of May.St. Pardo is the patron saint of the town. More than 100 beautifully decorated carts pulled by oxen join in the three-day parade which reminds about the journey that was made to carry the relics of St.Pardo from Lucera to Larino in 842 A.D.
Festa di S.Antonio takes place in the village Lupara on the 22nd July. It is a festival to celebrate a good grain harvest and involves two ‘traglie’ being pulled through the streets adorned with wheat sheaves. The carriages are followed by women distributing bread and biscuits and 12 year old boys dressed in the clothes of adult farm workers carrying scythes etc.
The Palio delle Quercigliole takes place in Ripalimosano on the 12th August. The tradition springs from a legend that tells of a race run to celebrate the miraculous fall of snow in the height of summer, on 5 August, attributed to the Madonna of the Snow.
On 12 August the participants in the race gather at Cannavina, close to a wood; the jockeys ride bare-back and start off from the area known as “Colle Matteo”, about a kilometer and a half from the church which is the destination of the competition.
In this event we can feel all the faith and tension of mediaeval tournaments and the riders’ desire to excel and bring glory to their own districts.
Other traditional Festival and events
Ururi – San Legno of the Cross Festival with ox-cart race in May.
Campobasso – Sagra dei Misteri (Feast of Corpus Christi) in June.
Boiano – Feast of the mountain in September.
Guardalfiera – The Living Crib is celebrated on the feast days in the period from Christmas Eve to the Epiphany.