IL PANEVIN

Every year, on the night of January 5th, we organize our “Panevin” together with our neighbors. It is a typical tradition in our area. We build a big fire and place a puppet called the “vecia” (old woman) on top. The “vecia” puppet embodies all the misdeeds of the year that has just ended and are burned away in the fire. We drink “vin brule” (spiced hot red wine) and eat pinza (a typical fruit cake) which is why the tradition is called “Panevin” as it means bread and wine in our dialect. People gather around the fire singing Christmas and traditional folk songs as they watch the sparks of the fire. Legend has it that the direction the sparks take determines the type of harvest to come, as recounted in our local folk poem told using our local dialect:

“Se le fuische va a matina,
ciol su el sac e va a farina;
se le va a sera,
polenta pien caliera”
“Fuische verso sera
polenta pien caliera,
fuische verso matina
polenta molesina,
fulische a mezzodì,
polenta tre volte al dì.”