The Sopra griffin sounds the horn in anticipation of this year’s #calendimaggio, the ancient tournament between the two parts of Assisi — Sopra v Sotto.
The origins of “May Day” go back to medieval times and are linked to pagan customs that celebrated the return of the spring season and the renewal of the cycle of life.
In Assisi, the city was divided into “Parte de Sotto” (Lower City) and “Parte de Sopra” (Upper City), ruled respectively by the rival families of the Fiumi and the Nepis. In Ancient times these rivalries would result in deadly clashes; however, the ceremonies now simply reflect a joyful (though still fiercely competitive) event which lasts for several days. To the victors, many honors. To the losers, another year to plot.
#ARTMOMENT: An interpretation of Italian culture and history through the mind of an American.