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Thursday, Friday and Saturday after 1st May The festival of 'Calendimaggio'
commemorates' the bitter struggle, lasting from the 14th to the 16th
century between two factions of the city that were fighting for power:
the 'Pane de Sopra' (upper part) and the 'Parte de Sotto' (lower part).
ate suspicion' brought on by the arrival of spring. There are competitions
in music, song, dance and theatre, exhibitions, tournaments of archers.
crossbowmen, ceremonial fag-wavers and moves of medieval life. The event
begins on Thursday with the blessing of the banners of the two sides
ad the symbolic handing over of the keys of the city to the 'Maestro
di Campo', the guardian for three Jets of the colourful scarf which
is given as a prize n the winning faction.
The next day the festival
continues with medieval games, scenes and parades in period costume
. On the final day, at the end of the contests, 'Madonna Primavera'
is elected, chosen from among the loveliest girls of Assisi, and she
mires her prize from the side which has totalled the highest points
in the various competitions.
From 2 to 4 May 2013
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