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St. Prospero Festival

Cultural events and religious ceremonies dedicated to Bishop Prospero, Patron Saint of Reggio Emilia. Market and travelling markets, artistic crafts, gastronomic stands, music, performances. In piazza San Prospero and in the streets of the town centre.

November 24, 2019

The legend

According to the tradition, Saint Prospero lived in the V century and was bishop of Reggio Emilia between 480 and 505 but there is a lack of historical records about him. He was likely from Reggio Emilia and deserved not only the honour of the episcopate but also the cult as saint, for his effort in spreading and defending faith and in protecting the town.

The Saint is celebrated every year November 24, in 452 A.C., one of his miracle occurred: that day, Saint Prospero made a thick fog cover Reggio Emilia, so that it wasn't visible to Attila, who was than coming back from the failed reid in Rome.

The faith in Saint Prospero is really ancient and deep in the souls of belivers. Between XI and XIV centuries, in the Provinces of Parma, Bologna, Lucca and many others, there were up to 31 churches and chapels dedicated to him. After the Concilium of Trento the devotion to the saint faded and remained mainly just around the territory of Reggio Emilia.
In many churches of Reggio Emilia there are statues and frescoes representing Saint Prospero as well as a beautiful painting in St. Giacomo dell'Orio, in Venice.

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