I take you by the hand and with 127 photos and 8 videos accompany you to the Fair of Milan tardizionale “Oh Bej! Oh Bej!”.
From December 7, the day of the patron saint St. Ambrose of Milan, until the following Sunday is held in Milan, around the walls of the Castello Sforzesco, the exhibition of “Oh Bej! Oh Bej!”, Lombard expression that translates into Italian as Oh beautiful! Oh Beautiful!
The first historical origins of this fair date back to 1288, a period in which a party in honor of Ambrose took place in the area of the ancient Santa Maria Maggiore.
The origins of the name Oh Bej! Oh Bej! date back to the episode of the entrance to the city of Giannetto Castiglione, the first Grand Master of the Order of Saints Maurice and Lazarus. In 1510 he was commissioned by Pope Pius IV to go to Milan, in an attempt to rekindle the devotion and faith toward the Saints by citizens ambrosiani: the name of the exhibition comes from the exclamations of delight children Milanese, who accepted willingly the gifts, sweets and toys, papal envoy: “Oh bej! Oh bej!”.
Giannetto was afraid of not being welcomed by the people of Milan: Giannetto so decided, with cunning, to bring a large number of gifts, parcels filled precisely of sweets and toys to be distributed to children.
Since then, he began to organize, in the period of the festival dedicated to Ambrose, the fair Oh bej! Oh !: bej they began to set up stalls with clothes, old toys and especially of food products.
Until 1886 the fair will sovlgeva at the Piazza dei Mercanti; then was moved to the area adjacent to the Basilica of Sant’Ambrogio for another 120 years.
In 2006 he was tarsferita the Sforzesco Castle, the place even now.
Today you can find old books, handicrafts of wood, plastic, soap, copper, silver, products with recycled materials, innovations housewives, Christmas items, plants, used books, old books, games of wit, paintings, vintage, food typical of the Italian regions, such as Sicily, Calabria, Tuscany, Veneto, Val d’Aosta, Lombardy, hot dogs and pancakes for refreshment.
it’s fun to venture among the stalls, under the stern gaze of the Castello Sforzesco and austere, like curious children to discover unexpected gifts.