Market of the Gaite

by mirko

{: it} The Mercato delle Gaite is the most famous event in Bevagna, which takes place in the last week of June.
The inspiration comes from the division that the village once had into four gaite or neighborhoods, in the medieval period. The names are taken from the four churches within the town: S. Giovanni (today S. Michleangelo), Sancta Maria Filiorum Comitis, San Pietro and San Giorgio.
The aim is to faithfully reconstruct the daily life of the Bevanati in the period from 1250 to 1350. The streets are populated with people in period clothing, the ancient medieval shops reopen their doors, and even the dishes offered follow the tradition.
Around the event there is also a healthy competition that takes the form of four competitions: market competition, trades competition, gastronomic competition and archery competition. On the last day the Palio della Vittoria is assigned, following a score assigned by experts in the various fields. Surely the most significant moment is during the days of the market which takes place in the four districts. Each Gaita, while respecting history, wanted to give a personal touch, going from local products to the involvement of artisans. Inside the market it is also possible to find medieval crafts that follow the ancient techniques of processing and production.
In recent editions, meetings on not only cultural and religious themes but also music, theater and dance have increased. {:} {: En} The Gaite Market is the most famous event in Bevagna, taking place every year during the last week of June. The inspiration behind this event comes from the medieval division of this lovely village in four quarters, called gaite. The gaite are named after the four churches of Bevagna: San Giovanni (today called San Michelangelo), Sancta Maria Filiorum Comitis, San Pietro and San Giorgio. The purpose of the Gaite Market is so re-enact the daily life of the Middle Ages, in particular during 1250-1350. People in medieval costumes crowd the streets, ancient workshops open their doors to tourists, and even typical dishes follow old traditions. Along with this joyful medieval festival, the quarters of Bevagna face each other in a series of four challenges: the market challenge, the crafts challenge, the culinary challenge and the archery challenge. On the last day of the Gaite Market, the quarter who got the highest score in the four challenges is awarded with a Palio banner. The crucial moment of this event, though, is the market. Each gaita gives a personal touch to the traditional setting of the market, where local products and artisans are the stars. Strolling in the streets of Bevagna during the Gaite Market, you will experience the amazing feeling of living in the Middle Ages, thanks to the various workshops that show the traditional ancient techniques of manufacturing goods. Besides breathing this suggestive historical atmosphere, visitors can also attend interesting meetings on cultural and religious themes, and enjoy the variety of music, theater and dance performances happening all over the village of Bevagna. {:} {: Fr} Le marché des Gaite a lieu la dernière semaine de juin à Bevagna et c'est la manifestation la plus célèbre de cette ville. La fête est né car le bourg était divisé, à l'époque du Moyen age, en quatre quartiers, c'est-à-dire les «gaite». Les noms se référent aux quatre églises qui se trouvent dans la ville: S. Giovanni (due after S. Michelangelo), Sancta Maria Filiorum Comitis, Saint Peter and Saint George. Le but de cette fête est celui de représenter fidèlement la vie quotidienne du peuple de Bevagna dans la période qui va de 1250 à 1350. Les gens en costume d'époque sortent dans les rues, les anciens ateliers médiévaux ouvrent de nouveau et on déguste les plats typiques de la tradition. La manifestation est animée aussi par quatre competitions: la compétition du marché, la compétition des métiers, la compétition gastronomique et de tir à l'arc. Le dernier jour on attributes the "Palio della Vittoria" (prix de la victoire), selon le nombre de points que les experts attribuent aux différentes activités. Sans doute, le moment clou arrive pendant les jours du marché qui a lieu dans les quatre quartiers. Chaque «gaita», if it distinguishes des autres pour des particuliers qui ajoutent, toujours en respectant la tradition, utilisant les produits locaux et en impliquant les artisans. À intérieur des marchés il est possible observer les personnages qui pratiquent les métiers médiévaux en suivant les anciennes techniques de les productions.

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