Festival of St. Gens

St. Gens, Festival of (La Fête de St. Gens)

Sunday following May 15; first weekend in September
St. Gens, patron saint of the fever-afflicted, was born in Monteux, France, which he is said to have saved from a great drought in the 12th century. He is honored twice annually in his native Provence: first, at Monteux on the Sunday following May 15, and again, at Beaucet, on the first Saturday and Sunday in September. The ceremonies held on both occasions are similar, consisting of a procession with the saint's image, prayers for the sick, and supplications for rain.
According to legend, St. Gens retired to a desert place near Mont Ventoux, where he worked the land with a team of oxen. One day a wolf attacked and ate one of the oxen. St. Gens made the wolf pay by hitching him with the remaining ox and forcing him to plow the land.
Monteux Tourist Center
Parc du Chateau d'Eau
Monteux, 84170 France
33-4-9066-9718; fax: 33-4-9066-9719
FestWestEur-1958, p. 37
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