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    Festa di Santa Lucia delle Quaglie 2019 - 5 May 2019

    Date: 5 May 2019

    Festa di Santa Lucia delle Quaglie (Feast of Saint Lucia of the Quails), known also as the Patronage of Saint Lucia, is a religious celebration held every year on the first two Sundays of May, in Syracuse. In Syracuse, there are many feasts dedicated to Santa Lucia, which recall various miracles attributed to the Saint. Besides the Feast of Saint Lucia of the Quails, another important celebration dedicated to the Saint is the feast held on 13th and 20th December. 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 Syracuse from calamity. The legend tells that a quail flew inside the Cathedral to announce the miracle. On the first Sunday of May, around midday, a short procession takes 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 that surround the square. On the next Sunday, Read more [...]

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    Festa di Santa Lucia delle Quaglie 2019 - 12 May 2019

    Date: 12 May 2019

    Festa di Santa Lucia delle Quaglie (Feast of Saint Lucia of the Quails), known also as the Patronage of Saint Lucia, is a religious celebration held every year on the first two Sundays of May, in Syracuse. In Syracuse, there are many feasts dedicated to Santa Lucia, which recall various miracles attributed to the Saint. Besides the Feast of Saint Lucia of the Quails, another important celebration dedicated to the Saint is the feast held on 13th and 20th December. 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 Syracuse from calamity. The legend tells that a quail flew inside the Cathedral to announce the miracle. On the first Sunday of May, around midday, a short procession takes 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 that surround the square. On the next Sunday, Read more [...]

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    Festa di Santa Rosalia 2019

    Date: 14 July 2019 - 15 July 2019

    Festa di Santa Rosalia (Feast of Saint Rosalia) is one of the most important religious events in Sicily, held every year in the first half of July, in Palermo. The feast is dedicated to Saint Rosalia, also called La Santuzza (Little Saint), the patron saint of the city, and it commemorates the miraculous appearances of the Saint from 1624, when Palermo was hit by plague.   SHORT HISTORY In 1624, the Viceroy of Sicily, Emanuel Filibert of Savoy, who resided in the city, brought to the port of Palermo a ship from Tunis, containing many gifts. Muhammad Calavà, the captain of the ship, and some of the crew, were suspected of being sick. Shortly after, the disease, carried by rats, spread rapidly all over 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 Monte Pellegrino and pray. Three days later, Girolama miraculously recovered, 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 Read more [...]

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    Festa del Santissimo Salvatore della Trasfigurazione 2019

    Date: 2 August 2019 - 6 August 2019

    Festa del Santissimo Salvatore della Trasfigurazione (Feast of the Most Holy Savior of the Transfiguration) is a religious feast held every year in Cefalù, between 2 and 6 August, dedicated to the patron saint of the city. During these five days, farmers, who have just finished the harvest, find themselves resting and rejoicing.   SHORT HISTORY The Transfiguration is a moment in the New Testament, when the Christ and three of his apostles, Peter, James and John, go to a mountain, and the Son of God becomes radiant in glory, shining with bright rays of light. In the Eastern world, the festivity of the Transfiguration is to be traced back to the fourth century, when Empress Helen, mother of Emperor Constantine the Great, built the Church of the Transfiguration on Mount Tabor, in Israel. In Sicily, the Transfiguration is celebrated starting with the 12th century, and is closely linked to the Rogerian period. Only in 1457, in gratitude for the victory obtained in Belgrade by the Christian army against Turkey, Pope Callistus III also established the feast of the Transfiguration in the Western Europe. The devotion of the city of Cefalù to the Most Holy Savior begun with the construction Read more [...]

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    Festa Estiva di Sant’Agata 2019

    Date: 17 August 2019

    Festa estiva di Sant’Agata (Summer Feast of Saint Agatha) is another religious celebration dedicated to the same Saint of Catania, that takes place every year on August 17, recalling the Translation of the Relics of the Saint from Constantinople to the sicilian city located at the foot of Mount Etna. The August feast does not have the magnitude of the Feast of Saint Agatha held in February, which lasts for three days, but still attracts thousands of local people and tourists in the main square of the city, Piazza del Duomo, in front of the Cathedral dedicated to the same Saint.   SHORT HISTORY The relics of Saint Agatha were stolen in 1040 by the Byzantine general Giorgio Maniace, and taken to Constantinople. In 1126, two soldiers, Giliberto and Goselino, stole the relics and brought them back to Sicily, to the Castle of Aci, where were taken into possession by the Bishop Maurizio. On August 17, 1126, the Relics returned to the Cathedral of Sant’Agata and, starting with that day, a new feast was born.   In 2019, FESTA ESTIVA DI SANT’AGATA will take place, as usual, on August 17. The celebration will begin in the morning, but the most Read more [...]