At dawn on December 8th, large bundles of dried reeds are lit and carried in procession through the streets of the village.
The firing of the fires in the countryside has always been used to celebrate the Solstice period, when one purified oneself of sins and asked the deities for protection and prosperity for the harvest.
The affirmation of Christianity has absorbed the pagan rite making it coincide with the festivity of the Madonna. In the area of Atri there is news of the ritual of lighting the bonfires around 431 AD, when the Madonna was proclaimed "Mother of the Church" in the Council of Ephesus.
In the 11th century, in the city of Loreto in the Marche, not far from Atri, the Holy House of Nazareth was moved by the Crusaders. Legend says that it was the Angels who brought the Holy House to the hills of Loreto and for this reason they lit big bonfires to illuminate the night to accompany the flight of the celestial creatures.