Ceri of Gubbio

by mirko

{: it} The Festa dei Ceric , involves the entire city of Gubbio.
At 11:30 theRiser of the Ceri it is one of the most intense and fascinating moments of the party. At the sound of the Campanone, the three Capodieci push forward and the Ceraioli rapidly raise the Ceri vertically, who immediately begin the race.

At 18:00 following the Bishop's Blessing, the long-awaited race begins, the Captains, Standard Bearer and Trumpeter proceed at a gallop.

The path covering the candles is 4 km and 300 m starting from the Alzatella to the Basilica on top of the mountain. {:} {: En} The Festa dei Ceri takes place every year on May 15th in Gubbio, at the eve of St Ubaldo's day, patron saint of the city.
However, the word ceri (meaning “candle”) doesn't really describe these three giant wooden pillars with an octagonal base and richly decorated, weighing around 400 kg each. On the top of each cero stands a small statue of its own patron saint, namely St Ubaldo (patron saint of masons), St Giorgio (patron saint of merchants) and St Antonio (patron saint of farmers).
The name Ceri probably derives from the votive candles offered to the saints by the Corporations of Arts and Crafts since May 16th 1160, the day that the beloved bishop of Gubbio, Ubaldo, died. The candles grew bigger and bigger over the years and therefore they were swapped with three wooden pillars around the end of the 16th century.


The Race of the Ceri begins at noon in Piazza Grande with the spectacular Alzata, the moment when the Ceri are raised by the ceraioli (the runners carrying the Ceri on their shoulders). After running three times around the square, the majestic parade runs along the streets and alleys of the city up to Via Savelli, when they finally rest until the beginning of the second leg of the race.
In the afternoon, the statue of St Ubaldo leaves from Gubbio's cathedral and reaches Via Dante, followed by a cheering procession. Here the bishop of Gubbio blesses the three Ceri and the frenzied race finally begins.
The pillars run in the main streets of Gubbio, then go back to Piazza Grande where they run again in circles for three times, doing the so-called birate, then they pass under Porta di Sant'Ubaldo (St Ubaldo's Gate) and finally start climbing on Mount Ingino. At the top of the mountain stands the church of St Ubaldo, where the Ceri are kept during the year, while the statues of the three Saints are brought back to the town, among people cheering them and chanting all day long. {:} { : fr} The course aux cierges de Gubbio a lieu tous les ans le 15 mai pour honorer le patron de Gubbio, Saint Ubaldo.
On les appelle «cierges» (Ceri) même si on parle de trois hauts et lourds produits manufacturés en bois à forme de prisme octogonal superposés et décorés qui pèsent environs 400 kilos et surmontés respectivement par les statues de Saint Ubaldo (protecteur des maçons), de Saint George (protecteur des merciers) and de Saint Antonio (protecteur des âniers et des paysans).
The nom dérive probablement de l'offre des cierge votifs que the «Corporation des arts et métiers» offer dès le 16 mai 1160, lors du décès du bien aimé évêque de la ville de Gubbio. Les cierges, offert par les Corporations, devinrent probablement trop grands et lourds pour être transportés et furent remplacés par trois grandes structures en bois.

The course commence à 12heures sur Piazza Grande with the surprising élévation des Cierges.
Premièrement s'effectuent trois tours frénétiques autour de la place et ensuite commence la parade qui passe entre les ruelles de la ville jusqu'à Via Savelli, où on attend the moment de la course.
The après-midi, the statue of Saint Ubaldo part du Dôme, suivie par la procession here arrive au sommet de Via Dante or l'évêque bénit les cierges et la course commence.
Les cierges courent le long des rues principales de Gubbio, ils repassent par Piazza Grande, ils font trois autres tours de la place, qu'on appelle "birate", en passant par Porta Sant'Angelo, appelée Porte de Saint Ubaldo et commence la montée au Mont Ingino. Les cierges sont posés dans la Basilique de Saint Ubaldo, tandis que les statues des Saints viennent ramenées à la ville avec a retraite aux flambeaux et accompanies {:}

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