From egg "battles" to the sound of the instruments that, in Campitello, remind of the religious appointments, to the egg hunt: this is how you celebrate the festivity in the Ladin valley
Val di Fassa has preserved through the centuries a lot of traditions. Amongst the most original, you can count the ones related to Easter - which this year is celebrated on the 17th of April - and, in particular, to the days that precede it.
An Easter tradition that still lives in Val di Fassa is the battle with coloured eggs, which in Ladin is known under the verb "pechenèr". The rules of the game, in pairs (once made up of men only), are that each challenger must try and break the opponent’s eggshell, thus conquering his egg. The competitions are carried out "de spiz e de cuf" (with the egg’s top or bottom) in the local cafes, particularly in Penia and Canazei. Once were the women, especially girls of marriageable age, who painted the Easter eggs. When in that period a potential fiancé went to visit them at home, they offered him five, following the Ladin saying that goes: "Un no l’è da dèr, doi no i è da tor, trei vegn dal cher, cater l’è da mat e cinch l’è d’amor" (One mustn’t be given, two are not to be taken, three come from the heart, four are like crazy, five are of love).
Another custom that each year restates, in Campitello, is the one of "la bàtoles", a sort of noisemaker. On Holy Friday and Saturday, the bells stay quiet to honour, with silence, Christ’s death. From here, the traditional parade of teenagers and adults that move "la bàtoles" along the roads of Campitello at the crack of dawn, to remind the inhabitants of the sad event. As a matter of fact, the hammer blow on the "brea de legn" (wooden board), with its rhythmic and melancholy sound, call to mind the blows received by Jesus from his crucifiers. The sullen moment fades soon away with the joyful ringing of Easter celebrations, that begin on Saturday’s evening and continue on Sunday.
These traditions mingle with contemporary ones, such as the "Egg hunt", to which you can participate in Vigo. Until the 20th of April, you can look for a coloured egg on each fountain in the village, but also in the districts of Tamion, Valongia, Larcioné, Costa, Val. If you find all the 12 eggs, distributed on as many fountains, you’ll win a sweet prize. To help you on your quest, you can pick up for free the specific map at the tourist offices of Vigo and Pozza.
A similar proposal can be found also in Pozza, Pera and Muncion: until the 23rd of April, you can look for the coloured eggs distributed on the fountains, decorated for Easter, of these resorts. Again, you can rely on a specific map, which you can pick up for free in the Fassa Coop’s branches of Pozza and Pera. If you find all the 22 eggs, you’ll receive a sweet prize. Happy hunting to everyone!