We the Italians March 21, 2016 - 77 - Page 17

st # 77 MARCH 21 , 2016 read more about #Italian Traditions ITALIAN TRADITIONS: st. Joseph Torch Feast in Pitigliano By www.folclore.it The traditional St. Joseph Torch Feast in Pitigliano, a direct descendant of ancient bonfires, evokes the legend propitiatory arrival of Spring. In the Maremma inland, the night of Saint Joseph recalls an ancient pagan ceremony: on Spring equinox a purifying bonfire propitiates the arrival of the new season. WE THE ITALIANS | 17 www.wetheitalians.com