Festa de Noantri

Festa de Noantri

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The Festa de Noantri ("of us others", in opposition to "you others who live in other districts"), is celebrated in honor of the Blessed Virgin of Carmel, on the occasion of its liturgical feast, from 16 to 30 July in Trastevere district From Rome. It is undoubtedly one of the most felt festivals by the Roman people.

Origins and celebration

The origins of the festival seem to date back to 1535: it is said that after a storm, was found at the mouth of the Tiber by some fishermen of Corsica, a statue of the Virgin Mary, carved in cedar wood. The Madonna, for this reason called "Madonna Fiumarola", was then donated to the Carmelites (to whom we owe the title "Madonna del Carmine"), to the Basilica of San Crisogono in Trastevere (in Piazza Sonnino); thus became the Holy Protectress of the trasteverini.

Trastevere in this period is filled with stalls, musical and theatrical events and the open-air taverns are filled with people and tourists. But the popular festival is not as old as the liturgical one; it dates back to the twentieth century, promoted by Fascism with intent to awaken parties and popular traditions in Italy.

The statue is now in the Church of Sant'Agata in Trastevere, in the square half way along Via della Lungaretta (Piazza San Giovanni de Matha): from here every year on Saturday after July 16 (liturgical solemnity of the Blessed Virgin of Mount Carmel ), a nineteenth-century polychrome wooden statue depicting the Madonna del Carmine, is carried in procession through the streets of the district to the Basilica of San Crisogono, where it stops for eight days, before returning with another procession in the church of membership. Over time the party has been transformed to meet the tourist needs, thus losing its popular character, but retaining its strong religious sentiment.