Feast of San Martino: Feast of traditions horns or bachelors
Whether it is the party of cuckolds or singles according to the country of origin of each, it does not matter. Certainly the feast of St. Martin, which falls every 11th November, is a happy feast! Many popular traditions and customs of Italy and beyond are linked to this day. Whether for a climatic or religious reason, it is also referred to as ‘the summer of San Martino’ for the mild temperatures that usually characterize it despite the fact that it is in the middle of autumn.
San Martino and the power of Good
Legend has it that a young man, Martin von Tours, son of a Roman officer, on a cold February morning meeting a beggar, cut his fine wool cloak in two, offering him one half so that he could warm himself. At that moment the climate changed, the temperatures became milder and the sun came out. Having become a saint, he is considered one of the protectors of the city of Tours and is known in many European countries for his kindness towards foreigners.
San Martino and the Horns
But the feast of San Martino also coincides with that of the harvest and livestock fairs were often held on this same day. From this, the definition of Feast of the Cuckold probably derives. Many of the animals exhibited had horns: bulls, buffaloes, beaks or the males of goats or sheep. During the fairs, we know, the wine flowed in rivers. The wives had stayed at home and the husbands intoxicated by the fumes of alcohol indulged in some more licentiousness. In Ruviano, in the Caserta area, the festival in honor of the horned is celebrated in which the inhabitants parade through the streets of the town wearing strictly horned headdresses.