In Gubbio, Ceri Passione of the Little Ones
Key focus of the early May 10-day “Annesitaly Inside Umbria Celebration” is LIVING Umbria from “the inside,” knowing the people, experiencing their rural life, their festivals……and their passione. This tour centers on our four-day Calendimaggio medieval festival in Assisi but this year, the group’s free day was on the first Sunday in May, a landmark Sunday in medieval gem, Gubbio.
We all decided to head there together: impossible to miss the carrying down of the beloved Ceri from the Basilica di Sant’Ubaldo, perched on Mt. Ingino above the town like a protective lookout.
And on this first Sunday in May, the little ones star in a BIG way in Gubbio. They’re born through the town’s winding medieval backstreets on the three beloved Ceri, like esteemed royalty ensconced on sedan chairs
Their “subjects” walk along side of the three Ceri: fathers, older brothers, uncles, even grandfathers who will carry the thee Ceri on May 15th in a mad dash up the mountain during the astonishing Corsa dei Ceri.
Teen-aged brothers will run the slightly smaller Ceri Mezzani at the end of May.
When does Ceri passione start in Gubbio? As toddlers in strollers, in parents’ arms or on Papa’s shoulders at all the highly-charged springtime Ceri events. And they’ll already be wearing either a yellow shirt for Sant’Ubaldo, royal blue for San Giorgio or black for Sant’Antonio…
And that passione will peak when the child “lifts” the Cero onto his back…finalmente. The first time to run a Cero can take place at age 6 and on June 2nd each year, I Ceri Piccoli are run up the mountain by the little ones (ages 6 – 14) in the same mad race as the teens end of May and adults on May 15th, mini-Ceri on their shoulders.
Si! In Gubbio, Ceri passione ignites at an early age – and just never burns out…
We felt it on that early May Sunday, sharing in Ceri passione of the eugubini as the Ceri arrived in the 14th-c medieval city hall. The three Ceri – of Sant’Ubaldo, San Giorgio and Sant’Antonio – will exit only on May 15th when la passione explodes for la Corsa dei Ceri.
But we had a good taste of that Ceri passione in early May……
Read about sharing in the Gubbio passione on May 15th
Read more on why I just cannot miss la Corsa dei Ceri, May 15th, in Gubbio
Click here for more on la Corsa dei Ceri
Read more about the Ceri – and la passione
For more on La Corsa dei Ceri story, click here
Not to be believed until you see it
See and feel the emotion of the Alzata on YouTube
Read about the Ceri passione of the little ones
Read about “Ceri fever” in Gubbio
Read about Ceri emotions
Read about three “Ceri moments”
Read about the June 2nd celebration of the Ceri Piccoli
Read about our 2017 May tour full into Gubbio passione
Read about the May 2017 tour group’s Perugia discoveries
Click here to read about – and see! – the unforgettable (also!) 2016 May “Annesitaly Inside Umbria Celebration