JUNE
28-29-30
   
Galatina celebrates the patron saints Peter and Paul on the 28th, 29th and 30th of June. Every day of the feast has a different “role” to show the difference that exists between the two saints of the city. An admirable difference is summarized by the famous local saying “Paulu coje e Pietro mangia” (Paolo collects and Peter eats) and in the St. Paul's nickname “lu santu de li forastieri” (those who do not live in Galatina). On the 28th of June, the night before, is still the most fascinating day of the feast. Until the eighties of the last century, the tarantati would gather in the chapel of St. Paul with their families and the therapeutic musicians would be alternated - for three days and three nights so they could get some sleep - to moments of choral dancing to defeat evil. Once grace was given by St. Paul, they would pay homage to the saint. Aside this rite, which has now disappeared although it has been recovered in the form of spontaneous folkloric rounds in front of the chapel, there is the traditional procession and its naturally colorful scene. For three days, the public gardens and the big square of St. Peter, surrounded by beautiful lights, are full of stands. Near the mother church, there are typical objects to recall this festival: the mantaji (paper fans with pictures of St. Peter and Paul and other saints) and the zagareddhre, colored satin ribbons that women tie to their wrists to dance the “pizzica”. The three days are dedicated to music. The day before, there is the traditional concert of “pizzica” bands. The 29th, the town's bands, to which the people of Galatina are very loyal, exhibit themselves, with two sound boxes located in different parts of the city. On the 30th, all comes to a close with a light music concert. A fest for the eyes and heart.
   
 



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Foto di Pierluigi Luceri