Historical Carnival in Bibbiena
It commemorates the kidnapping of Mea. Flag wavers, parades, musicians…
The Historical Carnival of Bibbiena is celebrated since 1350 and commemorates the legend of the beautiful young washerwoman Mea who was contended to her fiancé by the son of Bibbiena’s Governor. the young Conte Tarlati.
In the end, the Count returned Mea to the betrothed and all Bibbiena people went out in the streets celebrating Mea and her fiancé burning a tree so called the “Pome of Peace” to represent the end of the hostility and the return of the city’s order.
For this reason the Historical Carnival of Bibbiena is also known as the “Celebration of the beautiful Mea” and the city is animated like Medieval celebrations when there were animal and fruit markets, open air taverns, games and shows in the main square.
The first day of the event is Saturday February 10, when all taverns are openign and offer clients old recipes.
On Sunday February 11th is the day of the kidnapping of Mea, traditional parades and exhibitions of flag wavers.
On Mardi Gras, this year on February 13th, Mea is returned back to her fiancé and finally the juniper tree called Pome of Peace or “Bello Pomo” is burnt, to remember the reconciliation between the family of Conte Tarlati and the citizens of Bibbiena and as a good luck for the harvest of the year.
Phtos: from the website and official facebook of the event.