Nights of Magic – Albano di Lucania
The last weekend of August a magic event in Albano di Lucania.
In the last weekend of August the Nights of Magic (Notti della Magia) are a cultural and historical event aimed to remember and promote the magic history of Albano di Lucania.
In the past the inhabitants of the small town believed that white magic healed sick people, predict the future and also change people’s destiny.
During the Nights of Magic the streets of Albano di Lucania are full of palm readers, fortune tellers, fire-eaters and poltergeists and in some points there are also sprites, which are called m’nacidd, spiteful, happy and very fast to play pranks to people.
The event, surrounded by a Medieval atmosphere, is enliven by several shows and folk groups. Everyone can taste the typical products of Basilicata region.
The Nights of Magic end with the witches trial and of those who used to practise black magic, and the condemn to the stake. The convicted ones are burnt in Piazza Mercato as a purification ritual, at the end of which music and popular dances cheer up the participants until sunrise.
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