All Religious Feasts

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    Procession of the Apostles 2020

    Date: 9 April 2020

    Time: 6:30 pm to 12:00 am

    The Procession of the Apostles 2020, one of the most interesting traditions in Campania, will take place on April 9, on the day of the Holy Thursday, on the island of Procida. The religious manifestation is held, as usual, one day before the Good Friday and the Procession of the Mysteries. Both processions are organized by the Congregation of the Turchini, a religious brotherhood founded in 1583 by the Cardinal Innico D’Avalos of Aragon.   PROGRAM OF THE EVENT On the day of the Holy Thursday, around 6.30 pm, takes place the Washing of the feet ceremony at the Church of Saint Anthony of Padua. After the ceremony, the procession of the Twelve Apostles leaves the church to wind along the narrow streets of the island. The Apostles, dressed in white robes, with hoods and crowns of thorns on their heads, each of them carrying a wooden cross, are walking in perfect silence from one church to another, accompanied by members of the brotherhood. Their path is illuminated with torches. At every stop, the Apostles remove the crown of thorns, raise the hood, uncovering their face, and sing a hymn, accompanied by the choir of the faithful. After some moments Read more [...]

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    Good Friday Procession 2020

    Date: 10 April 2020

    The Good Friday Procession 2020, known also as the Procession of the Mysteries (Processione dei Misteri), will take place on April 10, on the island of Procida. The religious ceremony is held on the day of the Good Friday, one day after the Holy Thursday and the Procession of the Apostles. One of the most evocative and colorful in the whole Italy, the Good Friday Procession (Processione del Venerdì Santo) attracts thousands of people from Naples and the Phlegraean archipelago, but also a considerable number of tourists.   SHORT HISTORY The Good Friday Procession was born in the 17th century, from the initiative of the Congregation of the Turchini, as a penitential procession. The participants wore a sackcloth and were hitting themselves with whips until they bled. The practice was later forbidden by the church. The symbolism of the procession has been increasingly enriched over the centuries, until it reached its current form. Although the theme is always the same (Life, Passion and Death of Jesus Christ), the procession is never similar to that of the previous year. The procession consists of a series of chariots called Misteri (Mysteries), representing characters and scenes from the Bible, carried by young Procidans, Read more [...]

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    Festa di Santa Lucia delle Quaglie 2020 - 3 May 2020

    Date: 3 May 2020

    Festa di Santa Lucia delle Quaglie 2020, known also as the Patronage of Saint Lucia, will take place on Sunday, May 3, in Syracuse. The octave of the feast will take place next Sunday, on May 10. Saint Lucia, the patron saint of Syracuse, is celebrated twice every year. The Feast of Saint Lucia of the Quails recalls the miracle occured in 1646, while the feast held on December 13 and 20 commemorates the martyrdom of the Saint.   SHORT HISTORY The May celebration recalls the miracle occured in 1646, when the city passed through a serious famine, and ships loaded with grain arrived in the harbour at the right moment, saving the city from calamity. The legend tells that a quail flew inside the Cathedral to announce the miracle.   PROGRAM OF THE EVENT On the first Sunday of May, around midday, a short procession will take place from the Cathedral of Syracuse to the Church of Santa Lucia alla Badia, located only a few meters away, in the same square, Piazza Duomo. On this occasion, the statue of Santa Lucia is transported from one church to another and, during this short pilgrimage, doves are released from the balconies Read more [...]

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    Festa di Santa Lucia delle Quaglie 2020 - 10 May 2020

    Date: 10 May 2020

    Festa di Santa Lucia delle Quaglie 2020, known also as the Patronage of Saint Lucia, will take place on Sunday, May 3, in Syracuse. The octave of the feast will take place next Sunday, on May 10. Saint Lucia, the patron saint of Syracuse, is celebrated twice every year. The Feast of Saint Lucia of the Quails recalls the miracle occured in 1646, while the feast held on December 13 and 20 commemorates the martyrdom of the Saint.   SHORT HISTORY The May celebration recalls the miracle occured in 1646, when the city passed through a serious famine, and ships loaded with grain arrived in the harbour at the right moment, saving the city from calamity. The legend tells that a quail flew inside the Cathedral to announce the miracle.   PROGRAM OF THE EVENT On the first Sunday of May, around midday, a short procession will take place from the Cathedral of Syracuse to the Church of Santa Lucia alla Badia, located only a few meters away, in the same square, Piazza Duomo. On this occasion, the statue of Santa Lucia is transported from one church to another and, during this short pilgrimage, doves are released from the balconies Read more [...]

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    Luminara di San Ranieri 2020

    Date: 16 June 2020

    The candlelight festival Luminara di San Ranieri 2020 will take place on June 16, 2020, in Pisa, as part of a series of events entitled Pisan June 2020, dedicated to the patron saint of the city, San Ranieri. On this occasion, the city lights up with thousands of candles, creating an evocative and unique atmosphere that seems to bring the visitors back in time. Each year, approximately 100,000 candles placed on wooden frames outline the architectural forms of the palaces, bridges, churches and towers on the banks of the Arno river. Later in the evening, many of the candles will be placed on the water of the Arno, between the Fortezza Bridge and the Citadella Bridge, creating an enchanting play of lights and reflections.   SHORT HISTORY The first historical document attesting the tradition of illuminating the city of Pisa with oil lamps dates back to 1337. Before 1688, the feast was held on several occasions. Notable are the 1539 edition, in honor of Vittoria della Rovere, Grand Duchess of Tuscany and the wife of Grand Duke Ferdinando II, and the one of June 14, 1662, when the lights were set up in honor of Margherita Luisa, Princess of Orleans Read more [...]

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    Festa di Santa Rosalia 2020

    Date: 15 July 2020

    Festa di Santa Rosalia 2020, one of the most important religious events in Sicily, will take place on July 15, in Palermo. The feast is dedicated to Saint Rosalia, also known as La Santuzza (Little Saint), the patron saint of Palermo, and it commemorates the miraculous appearances of the Saint from 1624, when Palermo was hit by plague.   SHORT HISTORY In 1624, Emanuel Filibert of Savoy, the Viceroy of Sicily, who resided in the city, brought to the port of Palermo a ship from Tunis, containing many gifts. The captain of the ship, Muhammad Calavà, and a part of the crew, were suspected of being sick. Shortly after, the disease, carried by rats, spread rapidly throughout the city. A 47-year-old woman, Girolama La Gattuta, suffering of strong fever at the Hospital of Palermo, had an angel vision. The angel told her to go to the Mount Pellegrino and pray. Three days later, Girolama recovered miraculously without going to Mount Pellegrino, but she fell ill again on May 7, 1624, when the plague hit the city. A few days later, Girolama climbed the Mount Pellegrino, drank some clear water that dripped from the walls of a cave, and miraculously healed. Read more [...]

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    Festa del Redentore 2020

    Date: 18 July 2020 - 19 July 2020

    Festa del Redentore 2020, one of the most important events in the Venetian calendar, will take place in the weekend of July 18-19, in Venice. The event, held every year in the third weekend of July, was at first a purely religious feast. Over time, profane elements were added to the religious manifestations, and today the celebration includes a party, a regatta and one of the most impressive fireworks display in the world.   SHORT HISTORY Between 1575 and 1577, a merciless plague killed about one-third of Venice’s population. The epidemic spread rapidly throughout the city and was difficult to control due to the precarious conditions in which the people were living and to a high population density. In 1576, the Venetian Senate commissioned a church dedicated to Jesus the Redeemer (Il Redentore), hoping to get rid of the disease. A year later, in July, the city was declared cured, and the Venetians initiated a new celebration called Festa del Redentore (Feast of the Redeemer). Today, on the occasion of the feast, a bridge is built across the Giudecca Canal, between Zattere and the Giudecca Island. The people cross the bridge in a short pilgrimage to the beautiful church of Read more [...]

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    Luminara di Santa Croce 2020

    Date: 13 September 2020

    The candlelight procession of Luminara di Santa Croce 2020 will take place on Sunday, September 13, 2020, in Lucca. On this occasion, the buildings are decorated with thousands of candles, a tradition now common only in Lucca and Pisa, for the Luminara di San Ranieri.   SHORT HISTORY The procession takes place on the eve of the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, celebrated each year on September 14. In the Roman Catholicism and Eastern Orthodoxy, the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross celebrates the cross itself, as an instrument of salvation. In Lucca, the origins of the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross are ancient – the first mention of the date of September 14 was made in 1118. On this day, Lucca celebrates the Holy Face (Volto Santo), a wooden crucifix measuring 2.24 x 2.65 meters, kept in a chapel built in 1482 by Matteo Civitali, in the Cathedral of San Martino. According to legend, the crucifix was sculpted by Nicodemus, who assisted Joseph of Arimathea in depositing Christ in his tomb, and was found and brought to Lucca in 742. At first, the crucifix was deposited in the Church of San Read more [...]