They pull the empty tin cans across the ground on a string and bang the pots and pans together. The resulting noise is said to drive away the ghosts of winter and wake the spirits of summer from their slumber.
This tradition is called “Bandir Gennaio” and takes place every year on 31 January. Back in the day, the children used to head out by themselves and banish the winter from their local area. Today, the processions are organised and supervised by parents or teaching staff.
Once the hard work is done, everyone enjoys a snack together on the market square. We can't wait to see how long it will take the kids to drive out the old ghosts and wake up the new spirits this year!