Fruottula is one of the oldest popular traditions in Cefalù, a profane procession that takes place every year on the Saturday before the Feast of Corpus Christi (Corpus Domini).
Fruottula, which is also called The Feast of Bread, was, in ancient times, an integral part of the Feast of Corpus Domini. On that occasion, the peasants wore a suit that distinguished them, women with black dresses and white gloves, and men with shirts and black bowler hats.
In the Sicilian vocabulary, the word fruottula is a term that indicates a poem composed to be put on music. In particular, in Cefalù, fruottula has always indicated a sang poem consisting of three verses. This composition, sung by a soloist or a choir, sometimes treated profane themes, often satirical and irreverent, but in almost all cases carried out religious themes, telling the lives of the saints or exalting the glory of the Lord.
In Sicily, the fruottula was performed on the parade and found a place in religious processions, even in those dedicated to the city’s Patron, as we find in Cefalù for the Festa di SS. Salvatore, in Palermo for Festa di Santa Rosalia or in Catania for Festa di Sant’Agata.
LA FRUOTTULA 2019 will take place on June 22 and, if you happen to be in Cefalù around that time, you will have the opportunity to observe one of the most interesting local traditions.
The procession will take place in the evening, starting with 5.00 pm, and it will be led by a drum player (tammurinaru), who will announce the arrival of the parade, consisting mostly of children.
With a piece of bread (cucciddatu) tied to the end of a stick, the children, praising the precious fruit of the earth, will walk ahead of a palanquin and other chariots, all rigorously decorated with plants and flowers, whose theme is entrusted to the organizers of the event.