One of the most peculiar events to be held each year in Florence, more precisely in the Cascine Park each May, is the Cricket Festival (Festa del Grillo), with crickets sold on especially arranged stalls to those willing to increase their luck. Though, as said, peculiar, this public festival is grounded on a rather not-so-public custom of offering crickets to the loved ones as a token of well-wishing, a tradition which has be altered into the nowadays event. As a further feature, it must be stated living crickets have recently been replaced by artificial specimens by reasons of pressure put on the authorities with respect to animal rights. One can easily understand the distance between the original the custom and the nowadays manifestation, but, eventually, it is the intention that matters mostly, especially if one takes into consideration the entertainment opportunities made available in the Cascine Park on the day of the Cricket Festival.

Cascine, Florence

Cascine, Florence

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