The city celebrates many festivals linked to the historical memory of Como. The patronal feast of Saint Abbondio, which is celebrated in the last day of August, and animated by a lively fair that is organized in the vicinity of the church of the same name. Initially, the celebration was born in order to impart a blessing on cows brought by peasants from the province, and then become with the years a time of year where you can taste typical dishes and attend a livestock show extended to many species of animals from herds in the province. Even in these days, however, the blessing to cows is traditionally imparted. The event of the adoration of the statue of the Crucifix, and connected to the good Friday procession, and recall many faithful both to the exposure of the monument in the church of San Pietro, both for the enormous market of the hawkers that gathers outside of the structure for the occasion. The feast of San Giovanni that, instead, is celebrated around the 24 of june, returns to the memory wars medieval Larian, fought on the lake in 1169 and saw the army como opposite the stronghold of the Isola Comacina. On Saturday evening you will attend a grand firework display, which evokes the fire at the island. Also see a challenge between boats, symbolically representing the army como that goes on to defend the area. The palio of Baraello finally takes its name from a castle built by Barbarossa around 1159, of which remain the donjon and the cortina on a hill overlooking the city. There you will see a typical carousel medieval saracen, the cariolata, and the regatta of the lucie in the waters of the lake. The event is being held during the first two weekends in September.