Reflection Of The Giglio Festival

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The festival shown in the documentary is called The Feast of St. Paulinus, or better known as the The Giglio Festival. The festival usually held in Brooklyn, New York and takes place on every July, on the day known as the ‘Giglio Sunday’. On Giglio Sunday, there are lots of people in the streets and it is believed that the festival was attended by at least ten thousand people. All of the people that attend the festival consist from people with all ages, from very young to old people that known to have Italian heritage who emigrated from any towns that surrounding Nola. The purpose of the festival is to commemorate an Italian history and it has been taking place for over hundred years. The main highlight for the festival is when hundreds of …show more content…

The Giglio Festival also followed this order proposed by Bauman. It has the closing and opening ceremony, foods that include variety of Italian delicacies, souvenirs, dance, games and also music. All the customs and materials that associated with this festival express the identity of Italian cultural heritage celebrated by the people there. For example, all the foods served and sold during the festival consist of Italian delicacies, and there are also Italian folk bands playing instruments and singing their folk songs. In addition to that, the music played can also be a personal attribute to someone that identified its owner. For example, it is said in the documentary that there was a time where a man used theme song from a movie called ‘Rocky’ because he was once a boxer.
Besides, there are no specific costumes for the spectators as it looks like the spectators from the documentary did not wear anything specific like masks to the festival. However, we can see that the brass band and all the men that carried the statue on their shoulder have to wear something similar. For example, the brass band wears red hats and white shirts, while the men wear white hats, shirts and shoes as a symbol of unity. There is also a verbal folklore present, known as a legend that talk about the history of St. Paulino and why they celebrated this festival. One man from the documentary said

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