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Introduction: festivals, Patron Saint celebrations and "focare"

All year long, throughout Puglia, numerous events take place celebrating local traditions and culture. Processions, Patron Saint celebrations, focare (enormous bonfires) and festivals are typical local events that will make you discover the traditions and customs of the area.

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Patron Saints Feasts

The use of illuminations and the involvement of marching bands are the main features of Patron Saint feasts celebrated in all the towns of Puglia in honour of their Patron Saints. Dating back to the Spanish domination, the Holy Week in Taranto is a commemoration of the Passion and Death of Christ...

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Festivals and traditions

These events are a recall of the traditions of the Salento, often linked to religious worship, through dances and folk music. Among the most important events: the Feast of Saints Pietro and Paolo in Galatina (June 28 to 30) that evokes the traditional rite of healing tarantula bites at San Paolo...

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Events, Feast and Festivals (the so-called "Sagre")

Festivals are mostly related to typical and local products, during which can be tasted the star product of the festival and many other flavours of Puglia alongside dances and folk music. Among the numerous festivals: the Municeddha Festival or Snail Festival in Cannole (end of 1st week of August);...

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Events in Apulia

There are many very successful events that take place throughout the territory of Puglia. The Carnival of Putignano, one of the oldest events, shows an amazing parade of carnival floats; there is also the inevitable appointment with the Carnival of Gallipoli; the European Film Festival in Lecce...

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