Tradition & Customs

Take a look back in time

The Dolomite valleys are rich in tradition and customs as old as time itself.
Since time immemorial, countless, meaningful traditions were born and grew around every family event as well as around big, Christian festivities in the Catholic calendar. During Fat Thursday it is tradition to steal lunch from the stove: barley soup with smoked pork loin; during May, 18-year-old youngsters go around the valley wearing a white shirt, a blue apron and a cap decorated with ribbons and flowers, on the Monday after the kermesse of San Giacomo (Ortisei) boys give a pear with a bow tied to its stalk to girls as a sign of affection during the traditional 'Market of leaves' in October. There are so many other customs which should be discovered.

Another characteristic of Val Gardena are traditional outfits which are the most beautiful in the whole mountain area.
The uniqueness and richness of these stems largely from the fact that in the past, merchants from the valley travelled a lot around the world and so had the possibility to acquire new silks, ribbons, laces and jewellery.

Nowadays the outfit is worn during processions or important church festivities, as well as during parades which are a popular tourist attraction for the guests of the valley.