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Festivals of patron saints

 The festivals of patron saints were once the occasion, not only of important and solemn religious celebrations, even if commensurate to the importance and the available finances of the villages, but also of events of a lay nature, often accompanied by fairs, markets and amusement rides. 

Even today, every village celebrates its patron with various initiatives dedicated to the local community and visiting guests. 
Scrolling through the list of patrons we find celebrations such as San Simone (October 28), patron of Borca di Cadore and Vallada Agordina, San Nicolò (December 6) in Perarolo, San Nicolò di Comelico and Zoldo Alto, San Lorenzo (August 10) in Selva di Cadore and Soverzene, and Santa Lucia (December 13) in Colle Santa Lucia, San Pietro di Cadore and Vodo di Cadore, in addition to the aforementioned San Martino.
A particular tradition, still remembered by the elderly, concerns the "snow merchants", mainly present in the Agordo area. The patron saints of Cencenighe, Falcade and Alleghe, respectively Sant'Antonio Abate (January 17, also patron of Forno di Zoldo), San Sebastiano (January 20) and San Biagio (February 3) were called "snow merchants" for the abundant snowfall that characterised that period. 

Also interesting in the Agordo valley is the festival of Sant’Antonio da Padova, patron of Rivamonte, which is celebrated on June 13.
It was in those days, in fact, that the animals were left to the "malgari" to spend the summer months in the mountain pastures, and before the transfer, it was customary to go to the fair of Sant’Antonio a Rivamonte and get blessed cordons called in the local dialect "spac de Sant'Antone". These were then tied to the horns or legs of the cows to protect them from disease. 
The tradition of the "spac" remains alive today and it is not rare to see the inhabitants of the Agordo area wearing a small white cordon adorned with a tuft of coloured wool, in search of protection from the saint.

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Festivals of patron saints

 The festivals of patron saints were once the occasion, not only of important and solemn religious celebrations, even if commensurate to the importance and the available finances of the villages, but also of events of a lay nature, often accompanied by fairs, markets and amusement rides. 

Even today, every village celebrates its patron with various initiatives dedicated to the local community and visiting guests. 
Scrolling through the list of patrons we find celebrations such as San Simone (October 28), patron of Borca di Cadore and Vallada Agordina, San Nicolò (December 6) in Perarolo, San Nicolò di Comelico and Zoldo Alto, San Lorenzo (August 10) in Selva di Cadore and Soverzene, and Santa Lucia (December 13) in Colle Santa Lucia, San Pietro di Cadore and Vodo di Cadore, in addition to the aforementioned San Martino.
A particular tradition, still remembered by the elderly, concerns the "snow merchants", mainly present in the Agordo area. The patron saints of Cencenighe, Falcade and Alleghe, respectively Sant'Antonio Abate (January 17, also patron of Forno di Zoldo), San Sebastiano (January 20) and San Biagio (February 3) were called "snow merchants" for the abundant snowfall that characterised that period. 

Also interesting in the Agordo valley is the festival of Sant’Antonio da Padova, patron of Rivamonte, which is celebrated on June 13.
It was in those days, in fact, that the animals were left to the "malgari" to spend the summer months in the mountain pastures, and before the transfer, it was customary to go to the fair of Sant’Antonio a Rivamonte and get blessed cordons called in the local dialect "spac de Sant'Antone". These were then tied to the horns or legs of the cows to protect them from disease. 
The tradition of the "spac" remains alive today and it is not rare to see the inhabitants of the Agordo area wearing a small white cordon adorned with a tuft of coloured wool, in search of protection from the saint.