20 mask January 2013. Remembered the 545 anniversary of the death of the Albanian prince Giorgio Castriota Skanderbeg. It has been reiterated by all: "Arbereshe is a minority language that must be recognized as others".Last January 20 in the arbereshe center of Maschito the Albanian hero Giorgio Castriota Skanderbeg was remembered at 545 years after his death. The event was organized by the municipal administration in collaboration with the magazine BasilicatArbereshe, founded by prof. Donato Mazzeo (who took on the role of coordinator) and the Rethnes historical procession. In the presence of local authorities (Mayor Antonio Mastrodonato and councilor for culture, Lina Mininni, Antonio Maulà, pro-loco), provincials (culture councilor, Francesco Pietrantuono) and national (The journalist Rosita Ferrato who spoke about her book: “Viaggio in Albania "with the eyes of a reporter; the linguist Giovanni Agresti of the LEM-Italia association, Dr. Luigi Nidito, originally from Maschito, vice president of the Italy-Albania Chamber of Commerce).
Special guest was Prince Giorgio Maria Skanderbeg, of the Neapolitan family, heir of the Skanderbeg family (who gave the genealogical tree of the Skanderbeg family) and Michele Sciarillo, in the past residing in Prato where he opened, together with dr. Luigi Nidito, an Albanian cultural club attended by around 4000 people. Now he has returned to Maschito with the aim of making his contribution to the enhancement of this arbereshe center. After the presentation of the event, by prof. Donato Mazzeo, of the pro-loco of Barile, in the council chamber of the Arbereshe Commune, where Papigraias of the Mario Cangianelli foundation and a painting depicting Prince Skanderbeg, made by the artist from Bari, Salvatore Malvasi, stood in the mother church of Sant'Elia. celebrated a holy mass by the parish priest don Raffaele who wished the event a success for the occasion: "blood is not water, arbereshe is a gift that has been handed down to us five centuries ago and no one can deny it to us"
In the afternoon, the historic procession of Rethnes (which received national recognition: "Meraviglia d'Italia (see photo), chaired by Elena Pianoforte, honored Prince Giorgio Maria Skanderbeg (see photo) in Arbereshe and Corone costume. all the interventions were reiterated that the Arbereshe language (spoken by some 50 communities scattered mainly in the central south with a population of about 100 thousand inhabitants) deserves more attention on a par with other minority languages in Italy. Prince Skanderbeg thanked for the hospitality and the welcome received and the gift received (a representation of Prince Skanderbeg in terracotta made by the councilor for culture of Maschito, Lina Mininni).
The photos (gallery at the bottom of the page) take up a significant moment of the arbereshe day in memory of the hero Skanderbeg.