July 17th, 2016 has become an important historic date. After 70 years a meeting was organized between the five Ladin Valleys, where inhabitants of the region speak this particular Ladin dialect. The celebration began with a big parade starting from the Rifugio Utia Salei, ending in Ciavazes. Forty different groups from the valleys performed as well as 700 participants took part in the show.
The celebration started with the traditional hymn of “Inn Ladin”, played together by several bands. The priest Vijo Pitscheider gave a sermon and official speeches of the Union Generela di Ladins dles Dolomites, the main organizer, followed.
During the celebration a book was presented, which had been written during the last 70 years. It contains historical pictures of the years past and witnessed the last meeting of the Ladins in 1946. A highlight of the book is the declaration of the Union Generela di Ladins dles Dolomites including the three provinces of Bolzano, Trento and Belluno. The event was very rewarding for all the participants and it will remain a particularly special moment in Ladin history.
Loosely translated from the local paper: http://www.lausc.it/la-usc-on-tour/3470-festa-ladina-sun-jouf-dl-sela-imprescions
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