|Comune di Cocullo|
Map of Cocullo within the Province of L'Aquila
|• Mayor||Sandro Chiocchio (Civic list Insieme per il progresso)|
|• Total||31 km2 (12 sq mi)|
|Elevation||897 m (2,943 ft)|
|• Density||7.9/km2 (21/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+1 (CET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+2 (CEST)|
|Patron saint||San Domenico abate|
|Saint day||First Thursday in May|
It is a single civil parish (frazione), named Casale and borders with the municipalities of Anversa degli Abruzzi, Bugnara, Castel di Ieri, Castelvecchio Subequo, Goriano Sicoli, Ortona dei Marsi and Prezza.
Snake Festival (Feast of San Domenico)
Cocullo is known for its singular patron saint's holiday, named Festa dei Serpari, in which the patron saint's statue (Domenico di Sora) is transported in procession covered with many snakes (mainly four-lined, aesculapian, grass and green whip snakes). The reptiles themselves are transported in procession by local serpari, a sort of "snake breeders", and released in the surrounding woods at the end of the holiday. The festival, set every first of May since 2012 (in the past it took place every first Thursday in May), is a receptive event for thousands of Italian and foreign visitors. In 2009 it was cancelled due to some structural damages occurred into the village after the L'Aquila earthquake. This tradition, present also in coat of arms symbolism, substituted the ancient Roman mythologic ritual of Angitia, a snake goddess worshipped by the Marsi.
The main church of Our Lady of Graces (Santa Maria delle Grazie) in central Cocullo.
Notes and references
- All demographics and other statistics from the Italian statistical institute (Istat)
- (in Italian) Casale webpage on municipal website Archived 2007-05-02 at Archive.is
- (in Italian) History of Cocullo Archived 2008-04-08 at Archive.is
- The word is composed by the word serpe -or serpente-, Italian for snake
- (in Italian) Infos about the holiday on municipal website Archived 2012-07-28 at Archive.is
- Coucllo Snake Festival on www.lifeinabruzzo.com
- Article on Sky News
- Image of the coat of arms of Cocullo on it.wiki
- A Guide to the Region Abruzzo Archived 2012-01-05 at the Wayback Machine.
Media related to Cocullo at Wikimedia Commons
- (in Italian) Cocullo official website
- Videos and photos of the snake festival and procession in Cocullo
- Feast of San Domenico Italiansrus.com
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