South Italy folk events
A cultural asset is preserved only when it is taken care of, when is loved and used so as not to alter or detract from the character set to be included.
Southern Italy, a cradle of civilization,
ready to be re-discovered, to be protected and safeguarded.
Popular traditions are the highest expression of the soul of a people, an expression of cultural identity and to a significant community gathering. Today, even with changing dynamics, can be an important economic resource in the context of cultural tourism.
All events are evidence of history and folk culture.These undergo a continuous process of transformation, in relation to the socio-economic context, we must identify the cultural matrix and, far from crystallize as myths, or fetishes, make tools for dialogue with the past in the present.
Our cultural heritage is a testimony of a time that has passed and is now returning through civilizations under different forms to tell our story.
One of the most amusing has to be the the so called Festival dei mariti cornuti, (Festival of the cuckold husbands). Every occasion is good to party.
Origins - On San Valentine's Day some 150 years ago, some of the town's young men, decided, as a prank, to leave a burning candle in front of those homes where they had a secret encounter with the lady of the house...and that is how it all started. Husbands who found the burning candle on their front steeps had to parade around the town wearing their coats inside out, publicly recognizing their "new status".
Over time, the festival has evolved. The rite of lighting the candles has been replaced. Today the event is characterized by a procession during which a relic - the veiled reproduction of the male attribute - is carried by the man who married last in the year prior. In the past, the event, which today has taken on connotations folk, generated moments of real tension when participants stopped before the house of the alleged cuckolded.
There are of course different categories of cuckolds.
Those who are not aware of being one, those who know they are but pretend not to be, those who bring their friend home and then go for a walk and those who bring the wife to the friend's house...and hang around to take notes.