The spelt festival in Abbateggio
Abbateggio is famous for being the village of spelt, an ancient food, whose cultivation dates back to the most ancient epochs of Egyptians and of Mediterranean families; also ancient oriental, Greek, biblical and Roman literature speaks of spelt as a habitual nourishment and as a material of precious offer to present to deities. In Abbateggio, spelt has been rediscovered among the seeds of ancient local peasant families, and for years has been the subject of attention by small local producers and the Pro Loco of Abbateggio, which has battled for the reintroduction in the modern diet of this ancient cereal with surprising and beneficial food properties. The festival of spelt is celebrated in the month of August, on the occasion of the anniversary of San Lorenzo (Saint Lawrence), the Patron of the village. In addition to the meteor shower, the patrons have the opportunity to taste the thousand dishes made with spelt.
Open Wine Cellars in San Valentino
The ancient village of San Valentino welcomes thousands of people in November for “Cantine aperte a Castrum Petrae“, a wine festival that enliven the historic centre of one of the most characteristic villages of Val Pescara for eleven years. Born on the occasion of the most famous and ancient “Procession of the horned“, a goliardic parade of animal horns and phallic symbols which, as tradition dictates, is repeated every 10 November. Every year the village lights up with lights, music, wine and traditional dishes. On average, there are 20 cellars that open their doors to visitors every year, alongside some typical Abruzzese dishes. From the famous stew, pork, sausages, sagne and beans, “cacio e ove” pallotte, to chestnuts. All washed down with liters of wine from the Abruzzi cellars of Filomusi Guelfi, Cataldi Madonna, Lepore and many others. Strong is the logistical effort put in place by the Pro Loco of San Valentino, organizer of the party and by the municipal administration, which sponsors the event.
The representation of the Sant’Antonio in Roccamorice
In Roccamorice in January, precisely on the 17th, the festivity in honor of St. Anthony is celebrated. In this period we witness the re-enactment of temptations towards the saint through the districts of the country. A small group of people, made up of young adults proud to carry on their own country tradition, recall this ancient event with very colorful costumes. For several days they tour the country’s streets, playing and dancing along the streets and knocking on doors of the houses where those who want will accommodate the small company that will cheer them with a little show. The representation means to exorcise the temptations of the devil from the house.
The procession between the fields at Caramanico
In a complex and fascinating setting, on Easter Monday there is an ancient lustral and propitiatory procession which, starting from the church of San Tommaso, crosses the surrounding fields. For the occasion, all the statues in the church are exhibited and transported, starting with the one of St. Thomas the Apostle, followed by St. Anthony the Abbot, St. Rocco, Our Lady of Sorrows and the group of St. Anne and Maria Bambina.
The peasants of the place consider it a good omen to let the cultivated fields cross by the procession and receive the blessing of the priest who scatters the blessed water towards the four cardinal points. After the liturgical functions, the people allow themselves a happy excursion towards the Luchi, where they consume a traditional snack based on cheese and eggs.
Feast of St. Michael in Lettomanoppello
8 May is the event that recalls the old pagan rites of fertility and the beginning of Spring. Until the last century, a procession was carried out, after the rite of the fertility of the herds, up to the sacel in front of the cavern of San Michele Arcangelo, where the rite of Holy Mass was celebrated with the help of the whole village. Today, the tradition is gradually returning back into fashion and it is to be counted as the most important event of the year. Do not miss the bargaining of the wandering that still happens with the millenarian methods of transhumant sheep-farming. The reenactment of the San Michele Arcangelo ritual takes places at the Hermitage, along the Sant’Angelo torrent, where shepherds bring the flocks together to start the mountain pasture.