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25 August 1999

The summaries in English were extracted from complete articles published on Il Centro - Quotidiano d'Abruzzo and Il Messaggero - Abruzzo edition.

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25 August 1999 - Il Messaggero

Traditions: the last paranza ended up in the fake sea of a museum / NEL SEGNO DELLA TRADIZIONE - E l'ultima paranza finì nel mare finto di un museo - by Michela Braccia
The last Abruzzese "paranzella", until 15 years ago still on the beach, is now in the boat museum at Cesenatico. The paranza was so called because the boats sailed "pari", that is in a line together. This section of Abruzzese history has long been waiting for its historian. A first attempt has been made by prof. Francesco Feola, who in his book «Le paranze», records the voices of the last living «paroni». They tell of a world of religious and superstitious traditions and weather forecast know-how: the much feared "scijone", a typhoon which could be either male or female, and the rite to stop it; the "punti di stella" in November, unfortunate days for fishing; all in all, a "slave's life".

25 August 1999 - Il Messaggero

TUFILLO - Successful re-enactment of the traditional «Palio della Rosa» / Grande successo per la rievocazione del tradizionale «Palio della Rosa»
An ancient medieval parade, couples of a dame and knight in costume representing their family competed for the most beautiful dame, who received a red rose as a prize. The «borgomastro» also awarded cultural prizes: arts and crafts to Sofia Marino and Nicola Ottaviano, education to Roberto Berardi and Pietro Guido Iacovitti. In conclusion an ancient tasty dish prepared by the local ladies.

25 August 1999 - Il Messaggero

Book on sapphron history /Libro sulla storia dello zafferano - by Mauro Cianfaglione
PRATOLA - We do not know when the sapphron trade began in Abruzzo, but it was greatly developed in the early XIV century: Giuseppe Mussoni's book, with preface by Antonio Cialina, marks an important new advance for publisher Adelmo Polla and Abruzzo, since not many regions have such a rich collection (108 volumes now) on local history and culture. Sapphron, widely used since ancient times in the kitchen and in medicine, is now sold at 6 million Lire per kg.

25 August 1999 - Il Centro

CELANO - Two books by Esposito and Pestilli - Due volumi di Esposito e Pestilli
CELANO. "Poeti, letterati e giuristi celanesi dal '200 al primo '900" by Vittoriano Esposito and "I Santi martiri di Celano, storia, religiosità popolare, tradizione" by Diego Pestilli will be presented today at 19 by prof. Francesco Carusi within the context of the «Santi Martiri» feast.