Segavecia – Forlimpopoli
March 24th to 31st. Traditional celebration with the cut of a papier-maché puppet full of toys and sweets.
The Segavecia (old woman sawn) – also known as Segavecchia – is a traditional celebration which takes place from March 24th to 31st, 2019, in Forlimpopoli, in the province of Forlì-Cesena.
The tradition dates the origin of the feast during Middle Ages, when an old woman was accused for eating meet (violating the Lent fasting) and condemned to be sawn alive.
To remember this episode, a big puppet made of papier-mache is built, which represents the woman, then they cut it, and the toys and sweets inside it are distributed to the children.
But probably the celebration has older origins that derive from the rituals in the Mediterranean and from the peasants celebration connected to the season’s cycle: the old woman should represent the end of winter and the sweets and toys the return of Spring, rich of fruits and gifts for the mankind.
During the Segavecia period in Forlimpopoli there is also a village festival, a funfair and stands with gourmet products (in particular dried fruits that are also called “segavecia”) are installed, and theatrical shows are organized.
The most relevant moment of the feast is the customized wagons parade in the village streets.
The most important wagons is the “Vecchia” (old woman) one which is sawn in front of the fortress in Garibaldi Square.
(photos: event’s official website)