Dancin' in the streets
January 17 is the feast day of Sant’Antonio Abate, a favorite amongst those who raise and love animals. This is also a big festa for Lucanella. Before we left for the holidays everyone kept telling us we had to be back in time for la festa.
Saturday the 15th was the day it was celebrated here and this meant a HUGE bonfire was assembled in the main piazza. Several days were required to collect the trees from the nearby forest and assemble the bonfire. Two smaller ones were built in a second piazza and in front of la Chiesa di Sant’Antonio Abate.
In addition to the warm fires there was of course, plenty of local food to taste, music to dance to and wine to drink. Costumed dancers from nearby Tricarico came to prance around the fire and also up and down the streets. It was a good time to enjoy the clear weather and to see our friends and make new friends.
|With the Tricarico dancers|