St. Laurence's day: the Patron Saint of Pré-Saint-Didier
- 09 August 2019 - 10 August 2019
Friday 9 August
6pm opening buvette
9pm belote tournament begins
Saturday 10 August
8am Traditional tour of the “Badoche” through the village streets
10.30am Holy Mass
11.30am Dancing in the square, award ceremony and aperitif
3pm “Scopa” card game tournament begins
3pm “Pompieropoli”: games for kids with the volunteer firemen of Pré-Saint-Didier
Fun route to follow, with tubes to crawl through, stairs to climb, kittens to save and fires to put out… all in complete safety.
9pm Dancing night
A particular festival takes place during the patron saint’s day in the municipalities in Valdigne: the “Badoche”, whose origins date back to typical celebrations of primitive, ethnic origins, including the Celts.
The protagonists of this ritual are a group of young men and women, who are not married, dressed in traditional costumes. The first “badocher”, which directs the group, holds a plate in his hands decorated with flowers and ribbons with a dessert or apple in the middle which is used to collect offerings, while another “badocher” carries a stick crowned with flowers and decorated with multi-coloured ribbons, the symbol of power.
During the vigil to the patron saint, the badoche bring the cheer and music of accordions to all the houses in the village, to announce the festival and collect money, which was once used to organise the festival, but is now given to various charities.
The patron saint’s day hosts traditional ” dancing in the square” where the badoche invite the population to dance according to a very precise sequence.