St. Paternian was born in Fano ca. 275 A.D. where also died in 360, but only in 1623 his city made him Patron Saint. Towards the end of the persecution of Diocletian, Paternian escaped to the mountains and later he was made bishop of Fano.
In our town the cult of Paternian is deeply rooted and heartfelt, as the diligence of the citizens about the festivities proves.
During Patron Saint’s day there used to be a fair, years ago, replaced today by an art exhibition together with a local market and other activities, such as gastronomic stands, a polyphonic concert of the choral group “Sisto V” and a charity prize draw.
The fest culminates with fireworks, after the High Mass celebrated by all the priests of the city and the Procession around the streets.
According to an ancient tale, the noise of these fireworks would break the clouds and ward the danger of summery hailstorms off, because the hail would devastate the harvest-fields. No wonder, July 10th is one of the most extraordinary days in matter of hailstorms, which commonly recur during this day.
Translated by Raissa Baroni