You will discover one of the main events in our region that takes place in the first period of the year.
You should know that our region is rich in traditions and in events that evoke historical periods. Our medieval and renaissance villages can be decorated and can be a sort of background to the traditional events that attract more and more tourists and fans. The Quintana of Ascoli Piceno, the Palio of the Assumption of Fermo are among the topical events of Marche. However, one of the moments that takes place in the first period of the year and that gathers thousands of people in the beautiful town of Offida is “lu bov fint”.
Lu bov fint is the Carnival of Offida, that is a historic carnival which takes place in a town that is located in the province of Ascoli Piceno. It is a tradition that has lasted many years and that gives to villagers the spirit of the carnival, which fills the hearts of the inhabitants of the entire area of the piceno. It officially begins on St. Anthony day, on the 17th of January and lasts until the day of Ash Wednesday.
The celebrations are carried out in two weeks, the main moments are the one of the “Sunday of friends”, when the congregation of the Ciorpento comes out from the palace Mercolini to start the Carnival. Another important day is on carnival Thursday when the mayor delivered the keys of the city to the Congregations (that is, those who will join the families and friends eager to celebrate the Carnival) and there is the masquerade in the square. Friday is the feast of Lu Bov Fint or fake Bull.
It is a real festival where a rudimentary bove built on a frame of wood and iron and covered with a white cloth, is brought on the shoulders by a couple of men. The fake bull is roaming about in the streets of the town until reaching the main area, that is the square. There is a crowd, masked with the guazzarò, will wait for the arrival provoking the bove and running away. Chased, screaming, shouting will make it look like Offida to a real bullfight.
In the evening, the end of the party is declared from the slaughter of the bull that must touch the horns on the column of the municipal building. The procession of the dead bove is the final act, which is accompanied by the traditional singing of the carnival of Offida.