Given the very full calendar
of festivities and events we will try to provide
you with a list of the appointments with tradition
that should not be missed, many other public events
and entertainments we will deal with further ahead….
We will begin with the Christmas celebrations
that are particularly rich and that start from
the 8th of December, the day of the Immaculate
Conception and go on until Epiphany.
In this span of time between the Old and New Year
every Church and every entrance hall and even
the characteristic corners including the fountains,
are decorated with devotion, when the tradition
of “presepe” (crib scene) is renewed.
Many of these are prepared using antique statues
of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries that
people have managed to conserve all these years
to continue the tradition; do not miss the crib
laid out in the Church del Carmine at Atrani,
the seventeenth century statues are faithful reproductions
of the citizen of Atrani in that epoch; and at
Pogerola, the representation of the Birth of Christ
with live participants… for sea-lovers the
interesting pilgrimage by divers to the ceramic
crib in the Emerald Grotto….
Squares and streets are bright with decorations,
the sweet music of the zampogne(bag-pipes), the
scent of roast chestnuts and the perfume of honey
and cinnamon, bring back memories of childhood.
The towns seem wrapped in a magic light, they
have a dream like quality especially with the
“descent of the star”: a large comet
made of fireworks that at the stroke of midnight
on Christmas Eve passes over the Duomo Square
and stops in front of the Cathedral doors. A triumph
of church bells and fireworks salute the birth
of Christ and then everyone enters the Cathedral
for the Solemn Mass In Mater Domini…
The whole period is a succession of Art Exhibitions,
the tasting of typical products, folklore, musical
and theatrical performances, a real marathon of
events that prepare the way for the magnificent
New Year celebrations: New Year Eve at Amalfi
is celebrated in the Town Square!