Between Culture and Folklore

Even Sicilian carnival has to be considered as an interesting event, thank to artisans that put all their experience and efforts in order to realize allegorical carts. The most famous are the Carnival of Acireale (Catania), Sciacca (Agrigento) and Termini Imerese (Palermo) that thanks to the beauty of their carts and the participation of people can be compared to the popular carnivals of Viareggio and Putignano. The Almond Blossom Festival in Agrigento starts every year in February, and it’s a great feast that comprises parades, music and dances that made it an international folk event. The Danza del Taratatà in Casteltermini (Agrigento) is probably less known but it’s a great event too, with Arab influences in terms of rhythms, costumes and scenery. In the heart of the Madonie like Geraci Siculo (Palermo) or Giostra di Ventimiglia, in August we can attend medieval commemorations in which medieval costumes are worn, whereas in Caltagirone on July the 24th,  the splendid stairs of the baroque church of Santa Maria del Monte are illuminated and create such a great atmosphere. On the same day you can also experience and the so-called Infiorata (Flower carpet) along its narrow street, the same event takes place in Noto. A cultural event linked to Luigi Pirandello is held in its native town, Agrigento, the name of this event is Studi Pirallendiani. An important rendezvous connected to the world of cinema is held in Taormina, but also in Lipari for the ceremony of the award Efesto D’oro, this event takes place in June. In conclusion, as a symbol of the integration in the Mediterranean, we can refer ourselves to the San Vito lo Capo (Trapani) Cous Cous Festival, where chefs coming from all over the Mediterranean compete to chose the best cous cous of the year.

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