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Festival of the Saints Cosma and Damiano with Foconi
Sep 26 - Sep 27
September 26 and 27 are two days of celebration in Longone Sabino on the occasion of the celebrations for Saints Cosma and Damiano, patrons of the village.
The mystical atmosphere begins with the solemn mass when a four-part chorus sings the hymn of the martyrs in Latin.
This is one of the most heartfelt manifestations of the Sabina area especially for the procession characterized by the ‘foconi’, large bonfires made with the faggots of broom trees that are found on the hills near the path of the night procession. The great fires recall the burning to martyrdom of the holy martyrs and their supporters.
The procession carries the carriage of the saints into the streets of the village and the surrounding area taking it up to the small sanctuary dedicated to Saints Cosmas and Damian near the cemetery. The carriage is followed by the band and singing girls dressed in white, who were chosen among the maiden daughters of Mary.
The evening ends with refreshments offered by the ‘festaroli’, the citizens responsible for the festivities, with music and dancing and the traditional dance of the puppet of Pantasima. The finale is a grandiose fireworks display.