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Monday, December 13, 2010

Feast of the Immaculate Conception, Vietri sul Mare

I'm a little behind with this post but I was remembering this event that happens on December 8th in Vietri sul Mare on the Amalfi Coast where we lived in 2006-7 and wanted to share some photos.

Here is just an excerpt: "There ended up being three bonfires, each one larger than the last, until finally, near the beach they had created a very large one, in the shape of a tall Christmas tree, built of slats of wood with dried tree branches affixed to it. A group of young men and boys carried long poles with old socks and rags tied around them. Another doused them with gasoline, while an older man kept shouting “Poco! Poco” (a little bit! a little bit!) and the torches (and the area around their feet as well) shot up into flame..." Click here for the whole story. And here for more photos.

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