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Calabria region (IT): Varia di Palmi - The aspiration to heaven of a town Ph. Giancarlo Parisi
01 September

Calabria region (IT): Varia di Palmi - The aspiration to heaven of a town

 

On the 28th of August 2016, the magnificent “Varia” took place in Palmi – Calabria (IT).

The "Varia” is an ancient and complex processional structure (height: 16 metres; weight: 20 tons), bearing various religious and anthropological meanings, which represents the Universe and the Assumption of the Virgin Mary. 

This man-made structure, unique for its living characters, was added to the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2013 (together with Lily's Festival in Nola, The Descent of Candelieri in Sassari, The Transport of Santa Rosa Machine in Viterbo).

The recognition opened up new perspectives for the region of Calabria by promoting cooperation between the actors of the Intangible Cultural Heritage and public and private institutions.  This event boosts the cultural activity in this region of Italy, which, in turn, is beneficial to the touristic sector. During the time of Varia di Palmi, citizens of Calabria who reside in different regions of the country, or abroad, return ‘home’ to live the saintliness of this event.

Moreover, the future of the “Varia” as a pole of attraction within the underway new territorial entity “Metropolitan Area of Reggio Calabria” will create new growth opportunities, and an extremely positive outcome for the community. 

 

Written by: 

Salvatore Celi - YRA in Calabria

Student - BA in Political Science and MA in Public Administration

                                                                           

 

Credits for the picture: Ph. Giancarlo Parisi

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