Oh bej! Oh bej!, The Christmas market of Milan
From December 7 to 10, the perimeter of the Sforza Castle, from piazza Castello to piazza Gadio and piazza del Cannone, welcomes almost 400 exhibitors, two thirds of which will stage the expression of the Milanese tradition: junk shops, florists, artisans, tradesmen, sellers of prints and books but also masters of wrought iron, copper and brass, Toy Stores, sweet and painters retailers. But how did this tradition come from and where it derives its name? The origin of the Oh bej! oh bej! Fair seems very old, the story tells that in 1510 Giannetto Castiglione, first Grand Master of the Order of Saints Maurice and Lazarus, arrived in Milan, appointed directly by Pope Pius IV to rekindle the faith and devotion of the Ambrosian citizens who had no great sympathy for the Holy See.
Today the market houses a lot of delicacies coming from all Italian regions: Cuneo’s chestnuts, cold cuts from Umbria, Sicilian sweets, chocolate from Piedmont, Tuscany and Sardinian cheeses, fritters and much more, but the lead products are the roasted chestnuts and mulled wine, able to warm up the cold days in Milan. In addition to the traditional stands in the Sforza Castle neighborhood, there will be other 80 terminals at the Bussa overpass, which connects the Porta Garibaldi station with the Isola neighborhood. Here it is staged the exhibition Alter Bej!, where you can buy self-artisan products, unique pieces and second-hand and artistic creations, and watch performances by musicians, jugglers and street performers.