Actually, there’s nothing “piccola” about la passione in Gubbio every year on June 2nd, except the size of the little ones living that passion.
On May 15th, their fathers, uncles – in some cases, even grandparents – run the Corsa dei Ceri, carrying huge wooden pyramidical structures (i Ceri) up the mountain to the Basilica di Sant’Ubaldo where the patron saint of Gubbio, Sant Ubaldo, is buried. May 15th is the vigil of his feast (Bishop Ubaldo died on May 16, 1160) and the “Race of the Candles” is to honor him.
On the Festa della Repubblica, June 2nd, the little ones run the same race – carrying smaller Ceri. The ceretti (“little carriers of the Ceri”) are smaller in stature but just as big in passione.
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