Every year in Calabritto, on the occasion of the patron saint's day, the "Bonfire of Saint Joseph" is held between 18 and 19 March.

As is the tradition in many towns in Irpinia and southern Italy, Calabritto's celebrations also combine the religious moment with the more strictly profane one, such as the lighting of fires in the town's districts in honour of the patron saint. The tradition of bonfires is the ideal occasion to go to each district to meet close friends and family, eat a potato baked under the embers, drink a good glass of wine and listen to the accordion being played while waiting for the day of the feast.

From the early hours of the evening of 18 March, the inhabitants of Calabritto, especially the younger ones, light piles of olive branches and vines, in a real challenge to see who can make the biggest bonfire, making the landscape glow. While waiting for 19 March, children enjoy jumping and piling up the stacks of straw, despite their parents' warnings not to get too close to the hot flames of the bonfires.

A combination of devotion, folklore and fun, Saint Joseph's Bonfires are one of the most emblematic events in the Calabritto community.

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Via Salvador Allende, 83040, Calabritto AV, Italia
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Via Salvador Allende, 83040, Calabritto AV, Italia

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