The Rificolona (colored paper lanterns)

Monday September 7 one of the most popular traditions of The Rificolona (colored paper lanterns) of Florence returns to the streets of the old city: coloured lanterns will light up the streets and will create an itinerant show that celebrates the the Nativity of Mary’s eve.
Legend has it that at that time the farmers just came down from the mountains and gathered in the Piazza Santissima Annunziata to pay homage to the protector of soil, fertility and women.
At sunset the pilgrims lit their lanterns and continued the celebrations; today, small colored lights donate a magical touch.
In this year’s festivities also binds the Oltrarno area, thanks to the cooperation between the Coordination of Activities and shops in the area, and the City of Florence.

Also, from 1st to September 7th, participating stores will give lanterns and on Monday afternoon two workshops for children (Giolu-Via Romana 135R + the stationery La Scartoffia – Piazza Santo Spirito 14r) will be organized.

The official procession will leave Piazza San Felice at 8.30PM, passing through the Piazza Signoria, Piazza Duomo, Via de’ Servi arriving to Piazza Santissima Annunziata at 9.30PM where the torches will be blessed and the award of Rificolona.

Recently the mayor of Florence said that this event could become UNESCO heritage, along with the Calcio Storico and the explosion of the cart in Easter.

The neighborhood Oltrarno with its crafts, workshops, exercises and traditional stores has continued this tradion which is one of the last strongholds of the Florentines.


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