Celebrations for Santa Margherita at the foot of Rutor
- Tuesday 20 July 2021
Do you wish to be plunged into spirituality? Do not miss the Holy Mass taking place in the occasion of the celebrations for Santa Margherita at the Rutor chapel, close to the Deffeyes mountain hut (2,500 m).
This event is meaningful for the local populations, since it takes place to commemorate a tragic event that took place between the XVI and XVII centuries. Climate changes and the melting of the Rutor glacier caused the overflow of the Rutor basin and a great deal of damage.
After this tragedy the surviving population went in procession to the Rutor lake to ask for divine protection: they even brought the reliques of San Grato. After that a local inhabitant had a vision, locals built a chapel, which was dedicated both to San Grato and Santa Margherita, who was invoked against the disruptive force of avalanches.
Locals went in procession every year for more than two centuries. In 1937 the new chapel dedicated to San Grato and Santa Margherita, which lies on the promontory that dominated the lake, was solemnly blessed.
- Free participation
- Open-air event