Li Fauni is Norcia town’s most characteristic event. It takes place every year on December 9th, a day when huge piles of juniper, prepared in the lead up to the event, are set on fire in the squares. Mysticism and tradition fill the air in Norcia when all the different neighbourhoods are busy organising the positioning of the branches, even using special techniques to facilitate combustion. Music, good food and wine enliven the evening. The ancient origins of the celebration are probably linked to the pagan mountain gods and the exorcism rites of winter. Christianity, however, was responsible for the commencement of the feast in 1291, when Our Lady’s house was carried away by angels, safe from the threat posed by Ottoman rule. The fires were lit to illuminate the path of the angels.