The so-called “Ladin peasant wedding” in San Cassiano revives traditional wedding customs of the Val Badia valley.
If you would like to see a farmers’ wedding, how it has been celebrated in ancient times, you just have to come to the Alta Badia. On a regular basis, during winter months - usually in February - people organise a wedding in the original style. You can admire traditional costumes and a parade with horse-drawn sleighs as well as a typical wedding meal with musical entertainment. The wedding party consists of bride and groom - the hair of the bride beautifully decorated with feathers and flowers -, their parents, relatives and friends.
On the way of the bridal couple to church, there are usually several obstacles or performances by friends they have to overcome, called “sbarra” (barrier). The bridesman, after having payed a certain sum of money, clears the way. Furthermore, during the wedding meal goats are brought to the bridal couple and brothers and sisters of the couple who are not yet married have to buy these goats. The customs from the hamlets of the Ladin Dolomite valleys come to light!