Traditional Religious Feasts
The unification in 1905 had left inaltered the traditional religious feasts. That’s why, today there are still two parish churches and two patron saint: San Pantaleo and San Biagio.
The celebrations of San Pantaleo take place on 2° week after Easter and the 27th July. The celebration of the 2° week after Easter is just a religious ceremony, caracterised by a cerimony in the Cathedral, and after a religious procession around the old town streets. The celebration on the 27th July, is the religious ceremony which goes together with the civil feast in the Piazza Europa.
The celebrations of San Biagio take place on the 3rd February (just a religious ceremony), and the last Sunday of August. The feast of the 3rd February is celebrated with the Candlemas feast. The candlemass feast which starts a two day celebration, which begins on the evening of the 2nd February.
After this ceremony, a lttle religious procession takes place, where the Saint is brough to the bonfire (“fogadoni”). The day after, (3rd February) you will see the ceremony of Saint Biagio, that consist in a religious procession and a mass, where “priorisseddas and the priora” from Saint Biagio, Saint Pantaleo, and also from two other little town around Dolianova (soleminis and Serdiana). At the end of these religous celebrations, the benediction of the throat by two crossed candles and the distribution of the “pirichiteddus”, which are small pieces of sweet bread. The most important village festivals are connected to San Giorgio (S. George) the first week after Pentecost, and san Michele (S. Michael) the first Sunday of July, there is a church in the mountains of Dolianova for each Saint.
Further more, besides the religious festivities, the second and the third week of July, Dolianova celebrates the “Dolianovese-Festival”. This festival consists of artistic, cultural, sport and social activities. This festival has been celebrated since 1984, and it is organised by the Town Hall and the Pro-Loco society.