The Long Night of the Witches
San Giovanni in Marignano (Rimini, Emilia-Romagna region)
What is nowadays generally known as the Long Night of the Witches of San Giovanni in Marignano, is in fact rooted in the most ancient rituals connected with the stars and the agricultural calendar. The festival, held for about twenty years, marks the beginning of the summer on the Romagna Riviera and the Valconca area and has its origins in Romagna’s traditional superstitions and rituals regarding the Night of St John, linked with the religious celebration of the town’s patron saint and the pagan feast of the summer solstice.
Tradition has it that on the Night of St John “anything can happen and anything can be remedied” (Angioni, Traditional beliefs in Sardinia), and it is significant that this is the most favourable period for health, wellness and getting engaged… but also for casting the evil eye on someone! That is why many superstitions are connected with the feast of St John, to the point that the night of Saint John is traditionally known as the Night of the Witches.
In fact, the local tradition has it that, in this particular astral period, witches gathered at the crossroads to carry out their witchcraft (in their turn, they were favoured by the special powers of the water of St John) and it was even possible to meet them.
Moreover, legend has it that Artemisia, the good witch of the Valconca area, lived in San Giovanni in Marignano, a place known for its witches, deceptions and superstitions since medieval times.
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Info & Contact
Association/organization name: Municipality of San Giovanni in Marignano – Culture & Events Office
Address: San Giovanni in Marignano, province of Rimini, Emilia-Romagna region, Italy
Tel.: +39 (0)541828165 | +39 3351825461