The ‘Ndocciata It is certainly one of the oldest rituals and felt in Agnone. Just do a quick Google search to discover the origin and development through the centuries. In fact, it is a continuously evolving tradition which continued to remain in the hearts of citizens. The editorial department has collected the testimony of Antonio, Agnonesi octogenarian who asked not to be named
"When I was little the 'Ndocciata was different," began Antonio. "My family lived in the country, as perhaps the most Agnonesi and we celebrated this rite less pomp ".
Would you care to better explain?
«Certo! Today 'Ndocciata is a famous ritual that brings in tourists and visitors to the country but before it was something our. Voglio dire: hardly anyone would come to Agnone for 'Ndocciata ".
Today this ritual of fire is a real show while years ago the 'Ndocciata there was only one ...
"Exactly. From 1996, if non error, appointments were split but originally the 'Ndocciata was one and kept the 24 December, to Eve. Ad ogni modo, I have to admit it: It is proud to see that all should come here to enjoy Agnone and 'Ndocce. It's nice to share with tourists and holidaymakers all this. ».
This is certainly an event of which we are proud. There, however, intrigued: as celebravate this rite?
"I lived in the countryside, in the districts of Agnone and I did not go to the country on the day of Christmas Eve. Come me, most of my neighbors so that lit a fire, outside each cottage ».
When they were hanged bonfires?
"After dinner, midnight agro Agnonesi began to color. All families lit their bonfires and the city the show was even more distinctive '.
"It was like the countryside around the town became a big birthday cake with dozens of candles lit. The hills were beginning to shine ».
So today the lights, Yesterday the fires ...
"Exactly. Ad ogni modo, when I think of Christmas of my childhood are not the fires the sweetest memory ».
Do Not, no. The best part, per me, It was the next day, at Christmas. All went to church, and, of course there were no cars. The churches were only in the country and then there was all together along the sheep tracks that connected the village to the districts. It was like an immense pilgrimage ".
At the end of the function it was going on the same ...
«Certo. In fact even at night, when they lit fires, there were people in the street. Maybe that's why it was nicer: there was a sense of different communities. It felt united. United even in the coldest hours of the night, when the winter cold froze the fields and the woods that surrounded our homes'.