am ritiRural works were strongly linked to religious rituals. First of all there were the rogations ( a word that comes from the latin verb rogare, meaning to ask, which reflects the beseeching of God for the appeasement of his anger and for protection from calamities).  Three days before the Ascension in preparation to celebrate it, there were the rogations and farmers often had their crops blessed by a priest at this time. From ancient origin, they were part of the liturgy of the church in order to get the fertility of the fields, the peacefullness of the houses and the health of people. Everybody from the municiplaity walked along the street and roads and they stopped at a fixed point, called “station” where there was a religious symbol, such as a cross. At each station there was the blessing to protect the vineyard from the storm and the whole rural and agriculture life. Also the religious processions were very important , such as Corpus Domini’s one -a religious solemnity in honor of the Eucharist – and Whitsunday procession during feasts, called Sagre from the term Sagrato, the parvis of churches. In Castana and Cigognola in the middle of July there is the celebration of Madonna del Carmelo. An interesting memory came from the interviews remember the ritual of Saturday: during the church bells ringing winegrower stopped at the well to make the sign of the cross. Daytime was set by prayer and holy rosary, even in the stables during winter mounths.
During Christmas eve there was an interesting habit, called “the night of seven dinners”: it was a meager and plentiful meal made by typical products e typical recipes. Seven was a symbolic number: capital vices, days of the Creation from Genesis, and roman festival of Saturnalia.

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