The traditions of one society reflect its culture and its
economic and political context. When these parameters change,
the traditions change too. Some traditions survived until
the nowdays, others disappeared or they survive in different
way. Here is a list of main traditions of Treglia:
- The killing of the pig between December and February.
Several rear the pig; by pork they get delicious sausages,
bacon and raw ham.
- Easter sweets.
In the Easter time we prepare the "pigna crisciut'e",
that is a sweet of leavened sponge cake. The corn or rice
“pastiera” is delicious too. The “pastiera”
is a type of Neapolitan tart made with a sweet filling
of cottage cheese.
- Christmas sweets.
At Christmas we prepare the "zeppole", a kind of little
fried ring-shaped buns, and the "struffoli" that are fried
little balls made with sweet dough and honey.
- John the Baptist's Day. On 24 June we prepare
the "nocillo", a walnut-liqueur. Another custom is placying
the albumen of the egg into a glass half filled up with
the water and leaving it outside the window during the
night of John the Baptist' Day. In the next morning, the
albumen takes some shape. We interpret this shape; for
example, the shape of the ship might mean a journey or
- Saint Anne's votive candle.
On 26 July, in the evening, each family lights a votive
candle which is placed outside the windows. This custom,
in all probability, goes back to the 26 July 1805, when
Treglia and its bordering territories were struck by an
earthquake. We can explain this gesture as thanks to Saint
Anne because during the earthquake only one person died.
This person was a woman from Piana di Monte Verna.
- The distribution of the "spase".
When two youngs marrie, the next day the parents of the
husband and the bride hand out a wrapping of homemade
sweets to the guests and the neighbours. The "spasa" is
composed by the "guanti", "morzelletti" (soft rolls) and
biscuits, all garnished by the sugarcoated almonds or
- The watch at cemetary in the night between the 1
and 2 November.
In this night groups of persons watch at cemetary and
they say the rosary to the dead.
- The rosary to the dead person
When a person dies, at his home and in the evenening that
follows his funeral, we start a cycle of eight rosaries.
These rosaries are recited for eight consecutive evenings
by his relatives, friends and neighbours. At the end of
the cycle, they receive the pasta as present. This present
simply symbolizes a charity which merits turn in favour
of the dead person.
Here is a list of lost traditions:
- Rjune o' truone. On Saint Martin’s Day
(on 11 November) several fasted. This custom was called
"rjune o' truone", that is the fast to the thunder. The
folk tradition relates in this day a thunder fell into
a pot, while a housewife was cooking the beans. Therefore,
this fast served to beseech the heavy thunderstorms.
- A' unghiatell'. On 31 December, in the evening
some groups of boys wandered through the streets and the
alleys of the village, shouting "A' unghiatell'!, A' unghiatell'!!".
Some people could invite them and offer them some presents,
usually Christmas sweets or dried fruit
- The serenade of the second wedding.
When we marry for the second time, the friends of the
husband and the bride played them a serenade by using
the kitchen utensils like instrument.
- The first coming out after the marriage
After the marriage the husband and the bride didn't go
out during the first week. On next Sunday they go out
first and they were accompanied to Mass by their witnesses.
After the Mass, the husband and the bride offer to their
witnesses the lunch in grand style. This custom was lost
in the fifties, when the honeymoon started to spread.
- The "Pasqua rosata"
This event was 60 days after the Easter. During the night
we adorned with flowers in front of the door of the girl-friend
or loved girl. If the daring young was repelled then he
didn't adorne with flowers but with forage! Moreover some
people could add to flowers undesired things to provoke
a row between the girl and the young.
- The carriage of the blessed palms on the Mount S.
Until in the seventies, on Palm Sunday happened the following
competition: during the Mass, after the benediction the
people present ran to lodge a bunch of palms on the slope
that hangs over the ancient windmill, on the Mount S.
Erasmo. The first person who arrived was entitled to fasten
the bunch of palms to the cross that is on the same slope.
Lodging the bunch of the palms meant to hope a year of
peace. Moreover, the blessed palm was lodged by the countrymen
in the corn-fields, as benediction's sign.
- The Mass on 1 May at ancient windmill.
Until in the seventies, on 1 May we celebrate the Mass
at chapel (ex ancient windmill) on the Mount S. Erasmo.