The Procession of the Snake Catchers (Serpari) 2019

Where: Cocullo (in Abruzzo), ,
When: Thursday, May 2, 2019

Once a year, on the first Thursday of May, a unique event is held in Cocullo in Abruzzo region.

This event preserves an ancient middle ages tradition – the festival of snake capturers.

The festival is held for the honor of San Domenico Abate who, according to the local tradition, protects the residents from snakes’ bites and toothache. This is one of the known Paganism events which are still preserved in the Christian ritual. After the religious ceremony the believers cover the holy sculpture with live snakes and exit to the sounds of the church’s bells to a procession. In the head of the procession march the capturers of the snakes and women that carry traditional cakes that would be hand out to the needy.

The event reaches its climax at noon when the spectators hope that the snakes will surround the saint head – which is a good, (good omen) and not slide to its shoulder or arms because it indicates bad sign.

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Contact details:
Province of the Aquila
Via S. Augustin, 7
67100 Aquila (IT)
Phone: +39 0862 2991
Municipio di Cocullo
+39 086 449 117

Country Information

Capital:
Rome
Currency:
Euro (EUR)
Voltage and Frequency:
230V 50Hz
Dialing country code:
+39
Time Zone:
UTC+1 (Summer UTC+2)
Language:
Italian (official), German (parts of Trentino-Alto Adige region are predominantly German speaking), French (small French-speaking minority in Valle d'Aosta region), Slovene (Slovene-speaking minority in the Trieste-Gorizia area).
Location:
Southern Europe, a peninsula extending into the central Mediterranean Sea, northeast of Tunisia.
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Tourist website:
Information address:
Ente Nazionale Italiano per il Turismo (ENIT), Or Rome Tourist office Phone: +39 06 67104526
Climate:
Predominantly Mediterranean; Alpine in far north; hot, dry in south.
Italy background and overview
Italy became a nation-state in 1861 when the regional states of the peninsula, along with Sardinia and Sicily, were united under King Victor EMMANUEL II. An era of parliamentary government came to a close in the early 1920s when Benito MUSSOLINI established a Fascist dictatorship. His disastrous alliance with Nazi Germany led to Italy's defeat in World War II. A democratic republic replaced the monarchy in 1946 and economic revival followed. Italy was a charter member of NATO and the European Economic Community (EEC). It has been at the forefront of European economic and political unification, joining the Economic and Monetary Union in 1999. Persistent problems include illegal immigration, organized crime, corruption, high unemployment, sluggish economic growth, and the low incomes and technical standards of southern Italy compared with the prosperous north.
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City Information

In-country dialing code:
864
Longitude:
13.774808°
Latitude:
42.033759°

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