The return of the cows from pasture

The transhumance in the Martello Valley is truly an original occasion. The return of the herds from summer pastures is accompanied by a ceremony held each year on the first Sunday of September: the cattle making their return from the pasture parade by the dozens, adorned like queens with garlands of flowers. For creating these festive adornments, the local farmers are already hard at work a week before the event, collecting the most fragrant leaves and herbs to be woven into garlands and wreaths. For the farming communities, this has always been one of the most important moments of the year, to be celebrated with a great event. Awaiting the procession, the locals, festively dressed, a farmer's market, and typical entertainment that includes whip crackers and a band in costume performing traditional songs.

 

Photo credits: @Blickle

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