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Epiphany bonfires

The year begins with the celebration of the Epiphany, an occasion for which almost all Dolomite valleys light up propitiatory bonfires.
The name of this tradition varies from village to village, although it is possible to detect a common root - Pavarui (Agordino), Paaruoi (Val di Zoldo), Pagaruoi (Rocca Pietore) - and involves the lighting of large bonfires at dusk on the eve of the Epiphany.

In old times, predictions about the new year were made based on the direction of the flames and the smoke of the bonfires.
In some locations, especially in the Alto Agordino and in Cadore, the legend of the Donaza or Redodesa was also widespread. We can assimilate it to the modern Befana, with all the rites connected to this figure who came to spite the locals and take away naughty children. 

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Epiphany bonfires

The year begins with the celebration of the Epiphany, an occasion for which almost all Dolomite valleys light up propitiatory bonfires.
The name of this tradition varies from village to village, although it is possible to detect a common root - Pavarui (Agordino), Paaruoi (Val di Zoldo), Pagaruoi (Rocca Pietore) - and involves the lighting of large bonfires at dusk on the eve of the Epiphany.

In old times, predictions about the new year were made based on the direction of the flames and the smoke of the bonfires.
In some locations, especially in the Alto Agordino and in Cadore, the legend of the Donaza or Redodesa was also widespread. We can assimilate it to the modern Befana, with all the rites connected to this figure who came to spite the locals and take away naughty children.