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24 June 2001

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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24 June 2001 - Il Messaggero

Traditions for St. John the Baptist / I riti per San Giovanni Battista, by Nino Modugno
The night between 23rd and 24th June is traditionally known as the night of the witches, travelling to their annual congress. In Abruzzo there are many traditions to keep witches away. This is also the night of portents: dew has magical powers, as all waters, and in many places people bathe their body in dew, roll on wet grass, and wait for dawn. Forecasts can be made at midnight with special practices, unmarried girls repeat rites that will ensure finding a husband. And on this night people pick 24 walnuts to make a perfect nocino liquor.

24 June 2001 - Il Messaggero

War cemeteries - I cimiteri di guerra
There are two war cemeteries in Abruzzo, the English cemetery in Torino di Sangro and the Canadian cemetery in Ortona.