Aurelianus was a christian born in Rome in the first half of the III century, when Decio (200-251), emperor at the time, started the 7th persecution against the Christians in 249.
Aurelianus exposed himself because of a biting disapproval against the pagan religion and the moral corruption and his protest led him to be captured and tortured, but during this period of distress he made great prodigies.
Grottammare celebrates the Saint every year on the first Sunday after Easter.
The fest is heartfelt still today, being a part of those ancient and popular traditions of the citizenry which remain unchanged over the years.
We don’t have precise information about Aurelianus, but the lore wants the Saint to be martyred in Rome or Grottammare and his corpse moved to the Oasis “Santa Maria dei Monti” in Grottammare, where today the fest brings music, fireworks, games, chants and, of course, banquets.
Translated by Raissa Baroni