Morano Calabro, Flag Festival returns!

FestaBandiera_yesCalabria6From July 22nd to the 24th, Morano Calabro, in the province of Cosenza, will host the fourteenth edition of Flag Festival. The event, sponsored by the local authorities and ProLoco, has as its partner the Pollino National Park.

This year, during the three day event, there will be a reenactment of an early medieval battle which took place within the framework of the Saracen invasions that affected the area during the eleventh century.  According to tradition, during the fighting a Saracen warrior was imprisoned and then beheaded. The ostentatious display of the dark brown head throughout the streets of the village would seal a successful victory by Morano of the people over the invaders.

There aren’t only depictions in costume, the organizer’s objective is “to provide visitors and guests who usually attend the event, moments of amusement and culture in one of the most beautiful towns in Italy, fostering the promotion of its varied and efficient system of hospitality.” FestaBandiera_YesCalabria10

The novelty of the 2016 edition will be the return of the “Fair of the Villages of Calabria,” with exhibitors from all over the region, showcasing their products and services made in Calabria.

“After the success in 2015, we return with the same enthusiasm – affirmed the Councillor for Culture, Emilia Zicari – the Flag Festival is certainly among that which best represents the identity of Morano. The remembrance, understood as a precondition and basis of human life, is not only an educational bulwark for the new generations, but a unique research tool for interpreting reality. We hope to reinvoke this event, passed down to us by our forefathers, reinforcing the feeling of unity and sense of community.”

FestaBandiera_Yes Calabria7“The extraordinary response of last year and the latest initiatives involving the urban fabric, above all, the recent “Romantic Night,” echoed Mayor Nicholas De Bartolo, “opening new horizons to the process of enhancement of our village and encourage you to continue in this vein.”

With thanks to Nicola Fuscaldo for the photos