In Norcia the arrival of spring is celebrated with the festivities in honour of St. Benedict, the patron saint of Europe and Norcia. The day before the feast day features the arrival of the "Pro Europa Una" (= for one Europe) torchlight procession, which every year starts off from a different European city to reach Norcia in the evening of 20 March. This is a message symbolizing Benedictine monasticism in the Old World.
The next day, 21 March – the actual feast day – starts with the historical procession and the "offering of the pallium", which are intended to evoke the majestic ceremonies that the town used to dedicate to its saintly protector.
In the afternoon, the town's various "districts" (called "guaite" in Italian) challenge each other with crossbows in the central square, Piazza S. Benedetto. This is followed by the procession with the Bishop in the town's streets and the blessing of all the faithful in the central square.