The Dancing of the Giglio (56 images)


The Feast of the Giglio has its origins in Nola, Italy, where it has been held in honor of St. Paulinus for more than a thousand years. As the story goes, Paulinus, a bishop at the time, was able to secure the freedom of the men of Nola who had recently been captured and enslaved by invading Huns from North Africa. In gratitude the people of Nola met the returning hero on the shore carrying "gigli", Italian for "lilies".

After Paulinus' death in 431 AD and...
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