Fuga del Bove

by mirko

{: it}The Fuga del Bove in Montefalco has its roots in the period of maximum splendor of the city, between the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, the current format of the festival has been in force since 1972. The event is included in the August Montefalchese program.

The tradition of the Fuga del Bove, which is renewed every year in the Umbrian town on August 13, recalls the past tradition in which on Christmas day an ox was led through the streets of the city pulled by a hundred fathoms, along this bloody path it was incited with cloths and rag dolls to make the beast unleash all its strength against men. Eventually, the exhausted beast was killed. Later it was slaughtered and its meat cheered the tables of every Montefalco citizen on Christmas day.

Nowadays this ancient, bloody race is bloodlessly re-enacted, giving life to the Fuga del Bove. The different districts of Montefalco challenge each other by making the ox run through the city streets, between two wings of the crowd, to give prestige and glory to the neighborhood to which they belong.

Within the festival there is the artistic representation; which is staged by the four districts on the evening of August 13, where artistic and scenic skills are brought into play. Each year the theme of this show is chosen and it is unique for all four districts.

Much coveted by every neighborhood and its drummers and flag-wavers, it is the prize of the “Falco d'Oro”.

The crossbow competition takes place in a solemn atmosphere, in the rich historical costumes the crossbowmen of the neighborhoods challenge each other in the silence of the crowd, the apex of antagonism is reached with the relay race in which the neighborhoods give all of themselves to make triumph their neighborhood. The historical procession represents one of the most beautiful moments of the party in the streets of Montefalco the procession unfolds with its four hundred figures dressed in the beautiful costumes of the time.{:} {: en} The Escape of the Ox in Montefalco plunges its roots in the period of maximum splendor of the city, between the 15th and the 16th century. The current format of the festival has been in existence since 1972. The event is included in the program of “August in Montefalco”. The Escape of the Ox, which takes place every year on August 13th in this charming Umbrian town, recalls an ancient tradition where dozens of people of Montefalco used to lead an ox through the streets of the town at Christmas time. Along this bloody path, the ox was spurred with clothes and rag dolls to unleash all its rage and strength against people. Eventually the exhausted beast was killed and then slaughtered. On Christmas Day, its meat richly filled the joyful tables of every family in Montefalco. Nowadays, the town commemorates this ancient bloody race in a harmless way. The four districts of Montefalco challenge themselves by guiding an ox each in the streets of the old town, surrounded by cheering crowds, to bring prestige and honor to their neighborhood. Within this festival, the four quarters of Montefalco stage an exciting live performance on the evening of August 13th, where they show all the artistic skills of their people. Every year, a common main theme for the performance is chosen for all four quarters. Another important event within the festival is the coveted Golden Hawk Award. In a solemn atmosphere, surrounded by banners, drummers and flag bearers, the four quarters face each other in a historical crossbow competition. Antagonism reaches its peak during the thrilling relay race, in which the people of Montefalco put all their efforts to let their quarter triumph over its rivals. The historical parade is one of the best moments of the festival: a procession winds along the streets of Montefalco, featuring 400 people dressed with beautiful costumes of the era. {:} {: Fr} Les origines de La «Fuga del Bove» ( la fuite du bœuf) de Montefalco remontent à la période du plus grand développement de la ville, between the XV and XVI siècle, ma l'organisation actuelle de la fête est en vigueur depuis 1972. Cette manifestation est introduced dans le program de «Août de Montefalco». La tradition de la "Fugue del Bove", ayant lieu le 13 août, évoque la vieille tradition qui raconte que le jour de Noël un bœuf était traîné à travers les rues de la ville par des centaines de bras: the animal était incité par des draps et des pantins de draps dans le but de l'exciter et déclencher toute sa force contre les hommes. Finalement, une fois que la bête était épuisée on la supprimait. Ensuite, on the abattait afin que le peuple de Montefalco pouvait en manger le jour de Noël. De nos jours, cette tradition est évoquée de façon sanglante avec la mise en fuite du bœuf. Les divers quartiers de Montefalco if défient en laissant courir à travers les rues de la ville et parmi les gens, la bête qui rend l'honneur et la gloire au quartier d'appartenance. Au cours de la fête, le soir du 13 août, chaque quartier met en scene une représentation Artistique dont chacun d'eux expose their capacities artists and scéniques. Le sujet principal de ce spectacle se renouvelle chaque année et reste le même pour les quatre quartiers. The "Prix Falco d'Oro" is convoité par tous les quarters and ses joueurs de tambour et jongleurs de drapeaux. Dans un climat solennelle the competition of the arbalete takes place. Les arbalétriers vêtus de riches costumes d'époque se défient sous les yeux de la foule silencieuse. Au comble du conflit est attint avec la compétition de relais dont les participants se donnent à fond pour remporter la victoire au quartier d'appartenance. Le cortège historique représente a des plus beaux moments de la fête le long les rues de Montefalco.

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