The Fires of Saint Joseph (19th March)
Every year in the evening of 19th March the tradition of “falò” lives in Monopoli historical centre and countryside. “Falò” are fires arranged by people in the day dedicated to Saint Joseph, the protector of poor people and artisans, in particular of woodworkers. Lots of wood piles burn everywhere as auspice for the beginning of the Spring and the new harvest season. The “falò”, that is an ancient manifestation of popular devotion, burns all old things, so purifies and removes illness, hungers and the cold typical of winter to receive the Spring. It’s a traditional festival and every year people meet around the fires to enjoy dancing, singing, eating roast chickpeas and bread with tomatoes, drinking wine and at the end a typical sweet called “zeppola di San Giuseppe” with cream and wild cherry on the top.