The Festival of light took place on Halloween originally known as All Hallows in the Tiny hilltop Borgo of Citerna on the Tuscany Umbria border. The festival is based on the desire to keep alive in the younger generation the culture, roots and Christian traditions of a community that has Etruscan and Roman origins. Entering through an arch at the entrance to the festa you are greeted by a group of Renaissance angels and a Hansel and Gretel house, a pretty eclectic mix.It is like walking into a wonderland of lanterns, candles, musicians, artists and performers. Looking up in to the night sky there is a multi-coloured macrame spiders web suspended over you, attached to the buildings and lit by tiny lanterns. It all sounds a bit mad but it is quite beautiful.
So instead of vampires, pumpkins and skeletons, this charming festa celebrates and remembers those who have passed away along with Saints from the Christian Church. There are no children in gruesome plastic masks, instead you will see them laughing and joking in home-made angel wings that they themselves have created in a workshop, hidden in a medieval arch. Making your way along the main corso on every side there are different creative activities taking place from beautiful art and light installations to street artists and a gallery of fashion designs created by local teenagers.
There is an atmosphere of wonder and intrigue that has been created by the Citernesi for this festa that celebrates the young and appeals to the child in all of us. So, for those of you for whom the wonder of All Hallows holds something a little different to trick or treating, this might be one for you next year.
Antonella Edwards (founder @ Arts Holiday Italy)
At Arts Holiday Italy we are passionate about teaching painting and drawing to beginners and intermediates as well as working with established artists who wish to come and be with other creatives painting in Italy Please feel free to comment. Thanks, Antonella.