The downhill slope of mountain pastures: tradition and cultural events
The end of the summer season is marked in Valle d'Aosta with a traditional occasion dear to the locals: la désarpa. After a long summer spent in the mountain pastures at high altitude, at the foot of the highest peaks in Europe, the cows come home to graze at the bottom of the valley.
Désarpa day traditionally coincides with the feast of St. Michael, so each year, on the 29 September, the moving of cattle represents an important moment in the life of breeders, as well as a day of celebration to share with everyone.
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The “Devétéya” is the return of the herds down from their summer pastures to the valley. The cows parade through the streets of the villaged, decorated with flowers.
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Just like a curtain falls on the scene, the Dézarpa ideally closes the summer season in Breuil-Cervinia Valtournenche at the end of September; it is a custom that celebrates the return in the valle…