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    Festa di Santa Rosalia 2020

    Date: 15 July 2020

    BE AWARE! At this point, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the events of any kind are suspended throughout Italy. Therefore, the events promoted on our website are to be considered cancelled or postponed until further notice. The date in this article is no longer valid.   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 Read more [...]

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    Festa del Redentore 2020

    Date: 18 July 2020 - 19 July 2020

    BE AWARE! At this point, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the events of any kind are suspended throughout Italy. Therefore, the events promoted on our website are to be considered cancelled or postponed until further notice. The date in this article is no longer valid.   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 Read more [...]

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    Luminara di Santa Croce 2020

    Date: 13 September 2020

    BE AWARE! At this point, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the events of any kind are suspended throughout Italy. Therefore, the events promoted on our website are to be considered cancelled or postponed until further notice. The date in this article is no longer valid.   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, Read more [...]