Provence. Medieval Assumption festival in the hinterland
Provence. In the ‘deep’ authentic hinterland. Assumption festival with medieval knights
As I wrote in the previous article among those on Provence http://culturehikes.com/en/provence-travel-wonderful-hinterland/, our acquaintance with the countryside of Provence was completed with the village of Francis, the stonemason who supervised us at our work in Graveson.
This brought us to Cabasse, located to the east, in the hinterland of Toulon.
Cabasse is a beautiful village in the hinterland of Provence. And above all authentic, unknown to mass tourism
There we were fortunate to participate in an Assumption festival different from the usual ones: with medieval knights, horse races (tournaments), jugglers, musicians with medieval instruments and medieval dances.
And not as simple spectators. With Francis’s mediation, the municipality gave us medieval clothes and we participated actively, along with the inhabitants.
All this took place in front of the church of Cabasse, which is dedicated to the Assumption of the Virgin, that is, it was celebrating. Even the congregation was dressed in medieval clothes. We had the feeling that we had actually moved centuries back.
Cabasse from the outside. An authentic village in the hinterland of Provence
Also from the inside, Cabasse is an authentic village of the hinterland of Provence
The church of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary in Cabasse. Everything took place in front of it.
Put on your suits. The three-day festival begins
Festival of the Assumption in Cabasse. From the left, the representatives of Italy, England and Greece (here I necessarily break my habit of not appearing in the pictures of my articles)
There cannot be a medieval festival without the benches with medieval wines (with spices) and the enormous medieval breads (since people then ate almost exclusively bread). Served by Sylvie, Francis’s wife. The ‘monk’ is a resident of the village. The others are the representatives of Italy, the Czech Republic, England and Estonia from our group
Also, jugglers were never missing from a medieval festival
The central event, of course, is the knights’ equestrian games. Here, the ostlers have the horses ready
The knights mount the horses
The knights shortly before the games (tournaments). If you want to see what happened next, click here
And, of course, all this was happening with a continuous musical investment of medieval songs, with instruments of that time. If you want to hear the sound of the festival, click here
The festival lasted three days, from 14 August to 16 August. Then we returned to ‘our village’, Graveson, near Avignon, to continue the work we had undertaken: the restoration of the gate of the medieval walls.
But our eyes and our ears were still full of the images and sounds of our unforgettable experience.
The previous articles about Provence, here
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