HOGA ZAIT

From 10 July 2008 to 20 July 2008

A festival which celebrates the Cimbrian origins of the inhabitants of the Altopiano di Asiago.

Not a new age revival or similar, but a genuine historical fact, which can be traced back to the migration and movements of these ancient peoples, and which remains faithful to the preservation of their traditions. The zone around Asiago was the first to be populated within the Veneto area by a Germanic people at a period almost exactly coinciding with the fall of the Roman Empire. Traces of that people can be found today in the fascinating and mysterious Germanic dialect still spoken in these parts. This dialect, originating in a Celtic idiom, is preserved today in the same way as is the conservation of precious objects, being studied (there is even an Institute of Cimbrian Culture) and celebrated. Now in its third year, Hoga Zait was the original Cimbrian festival. Its name, difficult to pronuounce correctly, derives from high times, good times. The 2008 event sees among other things the entrance of the schella, symbol of unity and brotherhood among the Cimbrians and of other races. The schella is an ancient bronze instrument connected to feast days and the world of farming. Each district of the area outlying Roana and Rotzo possesses its own individual schella with the villages name written in Cimbrian.

Free entrance.

By Insidecom Editorial Staff