Sospel too remembers the fallen sons (& daughters)
At the far end of the park a almost obelisk shaped column is rising up. This is the monument for the fallen in the world wars, something you see in every French town. Sospel got it's share in the second world war, when the Americans tried hard to win the battle in the Alpes after being landed at the beaches near Agay (see Agay-page). Liberation of the Alpes Maritimes lasted until May 1945 and was a fierce battle in difficult terrain.
Fete Agricole, a festival of local customs and art
In September (second weekend) Sospel celebrates it's "Fete Agricole" (Agricultural festival). The harvesting has started though the amandes and olives (of which the vicinity is popular) are not ready yet and that calls for a first celebration. Local customs and costumes are taken from the attic and displayed in the streets. A colourful and musical delight around a market in which many regional products are sold. Besides that, many small and also bigger, animals are going from hand to hand.
Local costumes on display
During festivals in the Sospel region, one can often see local (ancient) costumes of various groups. One immediately recognises certain cloths from books and old pictures, like the sheppards on the picture here. Furthermore the farmerscloths and musicians are both radiating Italian influences and those of Alpine countries like Switzerland and even Austria. History recalls that this region belonged until the end of the 19th century to Italian kingdom (Lombardia, Sardegnan, Torino).
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