The event takes place every the first Thursday in May. This holiday – one of the strangest festivals in Italy, takes place in a small village in Abruzzan Cocullo. People decorate the statue St. Dominic(defender bites snake) precious stones, money and live snakes. Dressed bear statue in the village, together with snakes, which not only twists around the statue, but also those, who it is. Next let people snakes in the forest.
Snakes do not bite their owners, because approximately 6 weeks before the procession (19 March, on the day of St. Joseph), people collect them in the forest, remove them fangs and take care of them, as pets.
In The Morning, in 8 hours, village shaking thunder of fireworks, filling the beginning of the holiday. St.. Dominic also protects against toothache, why people go to church and ring the bell. At the same time they do it by tying a rope to the tooth. There is still a tradition to kiss the holy teeth, to next year to secure health.
The festival kicks off in 10 am, and she procession in 12. People watching the behavior of snakes, eg, if they wrap around the head, it promises a good harvest, if crawling to Arms – a bad sign.
Many centuries ago,, upon completion of the festival, cooked and ate snakes, but now they are released into the forest, and instead bake sweet bread, coiled in the form of a snake.
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