Religious Celebrations

Religious CelebrationsIt is impossible to talk about all the celebrations: well known or unknown, characterized by century-long suggestions, religious solemnity or cultural previews, events that take place in Sicily throughout the year.

In springtime Sicily turns into a procession theatre, revealing the real meaning of Easter as moment of truth for the Pagan and Christian religions. Among these celebrations we must remind the Misteri of Trapani, but also the one of Marsala (Trapani) as well as the one of San Cataldo (Caltanisetta). The latter takes place on Ash Wednesday with the mystery of the Christ’s process and continues till the Maundy Thursday with the procession in which the Virgin Mary finds her son dead. On Holy Friday the Virgin Mary meets her senseless Son with the accompaniment of drums  and laments and afterwards the Scinnenza takes place (when Jesus’ body lays in the coffin). The Resurrection Sunday represents the triumph of Life over Death and it’s characterized by the presence of ten giants made of papier mache’ (I Sanpauluna)  personifying the apostles who escort Our Lady after she met her Son. The Maundy Thursday in Caltanissetta is full of atmosphere. The Vare, which is a cluster of papier mache’ statues showing the Passion of Christ, created almost in the end of the 19th century and were made by a well-known family of artisans. Not to miss the Easter show in Pietraperzia (Enna) called “Lu Signuri di li Fasci” where in the narrow streets a crowd holds an impressive pole up, wrapped in kilometres of white cloth. Besides these Easter celebrations in Sicily there are other festivities, like the celebration of St. Agata, the patron of Catania, taking place every year, in the baroque city, at the beginning of February and it ends with the procession of Candlemas. St Lucia Celebration takes place in  Syracuse on December 13th, the day in which she had her eyes torn out. In her honour, a silver statue over 2 meters tall is supported along the procession from the Cathedral of Ortigia to the basilica “Santa Lucia al Sepolcro”. San Calogero (Agrigento) is celebrated the first week of July. Noteworthy is also the tammurinata (Drum concert) of San Calo’. Other celebrations take place in the mountain area of Nebrodi, such as the one Of St Giuseppe (Capizzi, ME) and the one dedicated to the Patron St Giacomo in July.

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