Ferie delle Messi 17-18-19 giugno 2016

Ferie Messium 17-18-19 th June 2016

The Ferie Messium - Medieval Harvest Festival 2016 will take place in 17-18-19 th June 2016.

What is the Ferie Messium?

The third weekend of June each year, the Knights of St. Fina evoke the traditional "Holiday Messium", established with statutory sections entitled "De Ferriis Ponendis" of 1255 (II, 29) and the 1314 (II,11).

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Questa festa medievale, which was celebrated by the entire population as recurrence priority crops, was a source of fun with songs, dances, games, e combattimenti tra campioni a cavallo armati di bastone (carousel sticks). One of the elements of "Harvest Holidays" (first organized in October 1994) sarà il grande corteo, in which colors, objects, and numerous characters symbolically express the relationship between earth and fertility. The ritual of the blessing of the horses of the four districts, the carousel of sticks, the game of tug of war, the medieval market, adhere as much as possible the Medieval Philology.


How is composed the event?

The event is divided into three days:

  • Friday night
  • Saturday all day
  • Sunday all day.

The Friday evening constitutes the overture of the party, con l’esibizione dei gruppi Medioevo in Danza, Tamburi Chiarine e Bandiere di San Gimignano e gli ospiti della Fanfarenzug di Meersburg.

The Saturday morning the streets of the country, from the two main gates, saranno animate dai suoni e dai colori del gruppo Tamburi, Chiarine e Bandiere di San Gimignano, which will reach the fortress of Montestaffoli. In Rocca visitors will find rest in the tavern, intrattendosi con le esibizioni dei gruppi.

The Saturday afternoon the people of the four Contradas presents itself to the public and is positioned on the steps of the Duomo in line for the district. On the steps of the Town Hall is available to the dignitaries of the City and Drums. Each district shall submit to the public the rider and the horse for the competition on Sunday: the the Giostra dei Bastoni (horse race).

At 16.30 Piazza del Duomo, la Falconeria Maestra mostrerà l’intelligenza dei propri rapaci, that will impress the audience with the speed and acrobatic flights.

Following, are held two races: the tug of war among men of the four Contradas, while the girls will compete in the race of the braid.

In the evening, the performance of flag-waving L'Aquila, a lesson on how to govern the hawks and live in harmony with them and after dinner, the performance of the drums, danzatrici e cavalieri e lo spettacolo del Teatro del Ramino.

The Sunday morning Piazza del Duomo is carried out according to the rite of preparation the Giostra dei Bastoni (horse race): The Rite of Purification, in which the minister of God blessed the horses and the public, followed by greetings from the mayor and the lands to the people.

Rito della Purificazione - Ferie delle Messi

Rite of Purification Harvest Holidays - Photo: Duccio Naccarato

Dopo il Rito, towards the fortress of Montestaffoli, everyone can learn how to become a friend of the hawks and eat at Taverna.

After the performance of flag-waving of The City of L'Aquila birds of prey and falconry Teacher, from 17 on a river of colors and rollers will cross the streets of San Gimignano, from the main gates to the Rock of Montestaffoli: the Parade Messi, composed of about 500 figures that follow Flora, Queen of Spring, seated on a chariot pulled by oxen.

The procession will reach the fortress of Montestaffoli where you will play the the Giostra dei Bastoni (horse race), a horse race among the knights of the four
Factions, whose purpose is to strike first, at the end of the path, a helmet supported on a pole by means of a stick, supplied to each rider. La contrada vincitrice si aggiudicherà la Spada d’Oro, which will be delivered in the Piazza del Duomo.

In addition to the Golden Sword, the winner will be honored by the Drappellone, depicting Santa Fina and bearing the colors of the four Contradas, il logo dei Cavalieri e lo stemma del Comune di San Gimignano.

On Saturday and Sunday, in Piazza della Cisterna and in Piazza delle Erbe will take place a medieval market.

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