It was 1656, as the story remembers us, when the plague raged throughout the
Kingdom of Naples, sparing only the inhabitants of the Salento peninsula.
The event was interpreted, at a time when it was triumphant and
fundamental religiosity, as a miraculous event in favor of citizen of
Salento that without a doubt he attributed the about St. Oronzo. From here
we can explain the flourishing in those years many churches, squares,
streets or simple altars dedicated to the veneration of the saint, still
alive in Salento.
On 26th August each year in Diso the Festival Committee
program an entire evening of celebration that begins after the celebration
of Holy Mass outdoors near the church of St. Oronzo.
From 9.00 pm onwards
they set tables for the traditional festival of orecchiette and
maccheroni, with bits of meat, sweet and hot peppers, pirille and
different fried. In late evening "si scazzica" (it incites) the fire of
"Focara" (bonfire) in the surrounding countryside, once lit to ward off
the plague, when sudden fireworks aggregate the stars of heaven, stealing
them, for once, the scene.