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July 7, 2020

Castel Giorgio – May Festival

A traditional village festival in the month of May that has distant origins and which is still repeated every year on May 11 and 12. The feast is dedicated to “May”, a tree cleaned of its bark and fitted with a crown containing gifts. The festival takes place in three phases: in the first the tree is transported through the streets of the country pulled by oxen, accompanied by the Historical Procession which commemorates the first parade of May 1624. In the next phase, the pole is raised with forks and ropes until reaching the vertical position. The following day, May 12, some citizens (called “ranchini” for the occasion) attempt to climb the pole. Those who succeed in the enterprise are rewarded with the gifts contained at the top.