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Feast of Wheat in Jelsi

On July 26th. Paesant procession and allegoric floats to honor Saint Anne

Feast of Wheat - Jelsi - Molise - Italy
26 Jul 2024 Molise -Jelsi (Campobasso)  Folklore-Traditions | Religious celebrations

On July 26th of each year, on the religious holiday of Sant’Anna, the Wheat Festival is celebrated in Jelsi, a small village in the province of Campobasso.

The Wheat Festival celebrates the joy of the harvest with houses and streets decorated with ears of corn and this year reaches its 219th edition.

Characteristic of the festival is the parade of allegorical floats and “traglie”, the ancient carts with which the sheaves of wheat were transported.

Also on the program are music, street performances, fireworks, workshops and a bread exhibition.

The tradition of the festival originates from a rite of thanksgiving to Sant’Anna. protector of the town, who miraculously intervened during the earthquake in 1805 which devastated Molise, but did very little damage to Jelsi.

Since then, every 26th of July, a solemn Mass is celebrated and the statue of Saint Anna is carried in procession through the streets of the village as thanksgiving and ears of wheat are offered to the Saint to ask for protection from the earthquake and future evils.

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