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Sunday April 16, an event unique in its kind
There is no Easter without the Pasquali in Bormio
An old folk custom, between religion and tradition, kept intact until today: the Pasquali are an unique event in its kind that boots in the past and still today beckons the attention and active participation of all inhabitants of Bormio.
The appointment is on April 16th, Easter Sunday, in Bormio, along the via Roma and at the Cavour/Kuerc square.
But what are the Pasquali? They are elaborate floats with religious themes; created by the youngsters of the town during the winter months, and then carried on the shoulders on Easter Sunday in a colorful parade along the streets of Bormio. Their construction requires hard work, handcraft skills and competence.
In the several Reparti (districts) of Bormio (Buglio, Combo, Dossiglio, Dossorovina and Maggiore) groups of people are formed that prepare their project with the supervision and guidance of a leader. All is studied in every detail, from the religious significance to the handcraft work where carpenters, smiths and artisans express the best of their art: of course the goal is to create the most representative Pasquale.
The event gets even more evocative due to the participation of children, families and folk groups, all dressed in the traditional costume. The craftsmen carry the floats on the shoulders, while the women complete the parade with flowers and small handicrafts.
A committee, especially nominated for the occasion, draws up a ranking based on several factors, from the religious significance to the handcraft and artistic work, without forgetting the cultural aspect and the tradition, the heart of the event. The Pasquali will remain exposed until Easter Monday at the Kuerc square.
Between history and legend
The tradition of the Pasquali, both folk and religious, has its roots in the old peasant culture of Bormio: the first records date back to the seventeenth century, when there was the obligation to prepare, cook the lamb and then dished it out on Easter Sunday at the piazza del Kuerc, the main square of Bormio.At the end of the nineteenth century, the blessing of the living lamb was introduced and, from there, the competition to best decorate the own animal, started among the districts. Gradually, it became custom to lay the lambs on floats decorated with moss. And with the time the event has become like we celebrate the Pasquali today.