The Ossola Valley celebrates various events with roots that can be traced far back to the region’s ancient history; one such event is the Falò della Carcavegia in Premosello Chiovenda. This celebration has strong ties to the traditional ceremonies of this particular part of Lower Ossola. Local inhabitants build two tall pyres: one in the river bed of the nearby river and the other one along the road leading to the village of Colloro. On the Epiphany eve, two dummies, representing the oldest man and woman of the village, are lit and burnt on these pyres. According to tradition, young villagers walk through the town ringing cowbells to call residents and visitors to come and gather round the Carcavegia bonfire. Once the blazing pyre has gone out, in Premosello and Colloro, festivities continue into the night in a tastier way with mulled wine, hot chocolate and sweets.
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