Celestinian forgiveness celebration

Inscribed in 2019 (14.COM) on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

1.1 Description of the element

1.2 Geographical location and Range of the element:

The Celestinian Forgiveness takes place, since its origins, in the city and province of L’Aquila, the capital of the Abruzzo Region. The Celebration rituals, which make the element a living intagible cultural heritage, involve a large area, following the traditional itinerary called the “Forgiveness Walk” (over 80 Km of territory). It starts on August 16th from the Hermitage of Celestine of St. Onofrio, at the foot of the Morrone mountain near Sulmona, involving many villages of the Valle Subequana (Pratola Peligna, Fontecchio, Fossa) and ending in the centre of L’Aquila on August 23rd.

The “Historical Bull Parade”, the climax of the Celebration rituals, crosses a topographical space of the city centre from the Town Hall Square to the Basilica of St. Maria of Collemaggio. In the days from August 23rd to 29th the entire urban context is involved in the Celebration, including squares, streets, buildings, monumental works, and public spaces.

1.3 Domain(s) of the element:

Domain(s) of the element as  intangible cultural heritage identified according to the Article 2.2 of the Convention:

oral traditions and expressions, including language as a vehicle of the intangible cultural heritage

  •  performing arts
  •  social practices, rituals and festive events

knowledge and practices concerning nature and the universe

traditional craftsmanship




Evaluation Body Decision

Inscription: 14.COM 10.b.19


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