2018 Ciccio di Fuoco “Flaming Donkey” in Sorrento

On New Year’s Eve, December 31st, as has become traditional, this year as well for the New Years Eve in the city of Sorrento there’s an early night-out full of shows and entertainment for children and adults scheduled in Piazza Tasso, the main square in Sorrento’s historic center.

Ciuccio di Fuoco (Flaming Donkey), one of the most characteristic folkloristic traditions in the City, is a MUST.

In fact, every December 31st right before midnight, it is customary to light the “flaming donkey” in the town’s main square. A particularly impressive display followed by the usual fireworks marking the arrival of the New Year.  salutare l’ arrivo del anno nuovo.

Its most likely origin is that the ciuccio di fuoco in Sorrento refers to an ancient farmers’ custom. In ancient times, in fact, farmers would have lighted a hay stack as a way of driving off evil spirits.

The lighting “ceremony” in the Piazza Tasso is always accompanied by a characteristic, symbolic and ironic procession.

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