16th August celebrates Saint Rocco

Rocco of Montpellier, or de la Croix, known all over the world as Saint Roch, was a confessor whose death is commemorated on the 16th of August; he is specially invoked against the plague. He left all his goods to the poor to go on a pilgrimage. He dedicated his life to take care of suffering people from plague and by a miracle he was able to get them well from it. He had a stick during his pilgrimage and a bell hanging at the top of it that rang while he was walking. That's the reason why the feast in his honour on the 16th August is characterised by the sale of the widest range of bells , different in shape, size, material and colourful decoration. Rocco may also be called Rock in English, and has the dedication of St Rollox in Glasgow, Scotland.

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