LUMINARIA DI SAN DOMENICO is the Praiano main event which comes to live every year from August 1st to August 4th to celebrate San Domenico.
On August 4th, in the early morning (the first Mass is at 7am), Praiano celebrates the Festival of San Domenico. Every year, since 1599, the people of Praiano have decorated their balconies, terraces and gardens with lamps lit by wax and oil. This custom originates from when Dominican Monks came to the Monastery of Santa Maria a Castro (San Domenico), situated on the hill above Praiano. As the story goes, before the birth of Domenico, his mother dreamt of a dog with a flaming torch in his mouth to burn the world, and, so, when Domenico was born he had to spread “God’s word throughout the world”.