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Peasant Wedding in Castelrotto (Bolzano)

January 21st, 2024. One of the most fascinating historical reenactments in South Tyrol.

Matrimonio Contadino - Castelrotto
January Trentino-Alto Adige -Castelrotto (Bolzano)  Children | Folklore-Traditions | Historical reenactments

On January, Sunday 21st, 2024, the little town of Castelrotto celebrates The Peasant Wedding, a historical reenactment of a traditional 19th-century rural wedding in South Tyrol.

The Peasant Wedding preparation in the past times began way before the wedding ceremony.

The husband-to-be had to wear a hat as a sign of love and carry twelve colored eggs, that symbolized his commitment to marrying his fiancée within twelve months.

The bride had to prepare the dowry including bed sheets, dishes, pots and pans and other useful objects for the home. To show her cooking skills, she also invited the groom and his friends to dine at her place.

Finally, on the wedding day, the couple had to go through a series of rituals before the ceremony, while the bride’s sisters had to buy a goat.

The Peasant Wedding begins with a parade: the whole village accompanies the bride and the groom on foot, by horse or by sleigh. The parade with the horse-drawn sleighs starts from St. Valentine church and then proceeds to the historic center of Castelrotto.

The wedding guests distinguish themselves by their clothing: married women have their hair tied back at the nape of their necks, little girls wear white dresses, while little boys wear black loden capes and chenille shirts. The master of ceremonies has a big hat with black and white ostrich feathers. Everyone wears original traditional clothes.

The parade accompanies the couple to the wedding banquet, where the traditional wedding cake, the Hoazetkuchl, is served. Tasting typical Tyrolean food (like Knödel, Goulash and Krapfen) in restaurants and Stuben is also possible.

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(Cover photo: Castelrotto website)


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