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From Saturday 21 January to Sunday 29 January, 2023 | Province of Varese


The tradition of this festival has two different historical roots, which have developed over the years into two different rituals that divide the northern part of the province of Varese from the southern part. Both are celebrated on the last Thursday of January, because it traditionally marks the transition between the coldest time of the year and the beginning of a more conspicuous period.

In the northern part of the province, the festival is more private and has its origines in the Puscene (from Latin post cenam=after dinner) of men and women. As time went by, the men's Puscena died out and the women's Puscena was transformed and began to include their children and husbands. Today, the tradition is celebrated under the name of Giöbia, but under a positive meaning of recognition from the man to the woman for all that she does for the family. For this reason, on the last Thursday in January, men give their women a traditional heart-shaped cake as a symbol of gratitude.      

On the other hand, in the southern part of the province, the holiday originates from the legend of an old witch, with very long legs and red stockings, who lived in the woods and enjoyed spooking anyone who entered. According to the tales, on the last Thursday of January she would go into the villages to eat children. One year, a mother, in order to protect her son, decided to set a trap for her cooking saffron risotto with luganega (sausage). The Giubiana fell into the trap and began to eat the risotto, not realizing that in the meantime the sun began to rise and it killed her. Since then it has been a tradition to have a bonfire with a puppet in the likeness of the Giubiana and then have dinner together with risotu cunt' a lüganiga (saffron and sausage risotto), a symbol of prosperity.

Below are the various events for the Giöbia festival!


On Saturday, 21 January, 2023, the Proloco of Oggiona con Santo Stefano is organizing, together with the municipality, the Great Bonfire of the Giöbia, in Piazza C.A. Dalla Chiesa (via San Giovanni Bosco).


The Great Giöbia Bonfire will be held on 22 January, 2023. Afterwards, it will be possible to eat the traditional risotto, offered by the Mercallo municipal administration, along with a concert of Fanfara dei Bersaglieri. 


On 26 January, 2023 the event "Let's Burn the Gioeubia" will be held at the Curate's House in Somma Lombardo. The bonfire organized by Sci Club 88 will be lit from 7 pm.


During the evening of Thursday, 26 January, 2023, the Giöbia/Giubiana Festival will be held in Einaudi Square, accompanied by the typical risotto dinner in Vittorio Emanuele Square. Other public or private Giöbie will also burn among the city's neighborhoods. On Friday, 20 January, there will be the official presentation of the events regarding this festival at Palazzo Gilardoni, by the mayor of Busto Arsizio Emanuele Antonelli and the Deputy Mayor and Councillor for Culture and Identity Manuela Maffioli.


The Proloco of Mornago is organizing the 10th Giöbia Bonfire on 26 January, 2023. The evening will begin at 6:30 pm with an happy hour and will continue after dinner with the collection of the brooms "Scaccia Guai" and the lighting of the bonfire. For the occasion, a delicious menu will be served at 7:30 p.m. with the traditional luganega risotto by chef Roberto Valbuzzi. Dinner is only available by reservation by Tuesday, 24 January.


On Thursday, 26 January, 2023, at 8 p.m., the Vecchia Riva Restaurant, in Schiranna (Varese) will offer the traditional dinner in honor of women, organized by the Borsina Family. The celebration will include the announcement of the winners of the Bosino Poet of the Year contest and the presentation of the Woman of the Year 2023 award. The Bosino Folk Group will play during the evening. 

Info: registration by Sunday, 22 January, at the Canesi antiquarian bookstore or via email to 


After the two years gap, due to the pandemic, the Pro Loco Bienate Bienate Magnago APS is organizing on Thursday, 26 January, 2023 at 8:45 p.m. the Bonfire of the Giöbia - 26th edition, which will be held at the field of the Polisportiva Bienatese, in Via Gobetti in Bienate. At the party, prepared with the contribution of the municipality of Magango, it will be possible to taste chiacchiere, mulled wine, tea and, of course, the classic risotto with luganega.


The traditional Brüsa la Giöbia event will return to Gallarate on 26 January, 2023. This year it will be held in Arnate at Oratorio S.G. Bosco. The program plans to start the evening around 7:30 p.m., with the bonfire lighting at 9 p.m. It will be possible to dine with the famous luganega risotto, cooked in the typical Guinness World Records pot.


On Thursday, 26 January, 2023, at 7 p.m., the Gioeübia Bonfire will be burned in Piazza della Libertà in Castellanza, organized by the Rione in su, the Pro loco and the Alpini. Those who attend will enjoy a delicious dish of polenta and bruscitt, accompanied by traditional San Giulio bread and vin santo or mulled wine.


The Pro loco of Gorla Minore is taking care of the bonfire to "burn the old woman". The appointment is for January 26 at 8:30 p.m. in Via Terzaghi (formerly Piazza Mercato). The invitation to attend the lighting of the bonfire includes the possibility of drinking a hot cup of tea and mulled wine.


This year in Gorla Maggiore, the Giöbia Bonfire will be held in Martyrs' Square on 26 January starting at 8:30 p.m. At the festival it will be possible to warm up drinking hot chocolate, mulled wine or enjoying strudel. Furthermore, the big news of the year will be a photo exhibition on the tradition of the Gioeübia, a collection of photographs that the local Pro Giovani wanted to show in order to testify the great tradition behind this annual event. It will be possible to visit the exhibition at NUMM.


The typical anniversary of the Giöbia will be celebrated in various places at different times.

  • The first event will be on Thursday, 26 January, at 7 p.m.. The Bonfire will be lightened at the Oratorio San Giovanni Bosco.
  • On Saturday, 28 January, there will be a dinner at 7:30 p.m. at Oratorio Santo Stefano, followed by the Bonfire of the Giöbia at 9:30 p.m.
  • Finally, in Rione Buon Gesù the bonfire will be on 28 January at 10 p.m., preceded by a tasty dinner of polenta and bruscitt and tombola.


On Thursday, 26 January, starting at 8:45 p.m., in via San Vito, all citizens are invited to find out how the Mastrartisti group's puppet will be. It will also be possible to enjoy risotto with luganega and chiacchiere. The Pro loco association suggests to bring a ticket to burn in the bonfire.


The Pro loco of Turbigo is organizing the Giöbia Bonfire 2023. The celebration will be on Thursday, January 26, at the Campo della Giöbia, in via Trieste. It will be possible to watch the lighting of the bonfire from 9 p.m., enjoying mulled wine, tea and sweets. 


Cairate's Gioeübia will begin on Sunday, 29 January, 2023, starting at 6 p.m. The event will be in via San Martino and will be organized by the Alpine group of Cairate. During the festival it will be possible to eat polenta, bruscitt, gorgonzola and drink mulled wine, while waiting for the lighting of the bonfire at 7 p.m.

In case of bad weather, the event will be postponed to Sunday, February 5, 2023.

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