The battenti hold in their hand a cross with the image of the holy mother for all the time of the procession. Every seven years in August in a small village named Guardia Sanframondi , a one-week long catholic procession, the “Riti Settennali” takes place.
From Monday to Friday the flagellant walk in the street of the medieval village striking their back with small strips of metal to honour the Assumption of the Virgin Mary. The last day, Sunday, the Virgin Mary from the main church is carried around the village and venerated by the “Battenti”. The “Battenti” are men that decide to commemorate the Assumption of the Virgin Mary beating their own chest with a cylindrical peace of cork pierced with needles (between 25 and 45).