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    Festa di Sant’Agata 2019

    Date: 3 February 2019 - 5 February 2019

    Festa di Sant’Agata (Feast of Saint Agatha) is the most important religious festival of Catania and one of the most important in Sicily and throughout Italy. The feast is dedicated to the patron saint of the city, Saint Agatha, who was martyred during the persecution of Decius, around the year 251 AD. The feast takes place every year on two occasions. The one held between 3 and 5 February commemorates the martyrdom of the Saint, while the Summer Feast of Saint Agatha, held on 17 August, celebrates the return of her remains to Catania, after 86 years in which the relics were kept in Constantinople. In February, around one million people come from all over Sicily to attend the feast, which can be compared to the Holy Week in Seville or the Feast of Corpus Domini in Cuzco, Peru. For three days, the city forgets everything to focus on the party, a mixture of devotion and folklore. On February 3rd, around noon, the feast begins with a solemn procession dedicated to the wax offerings. From the Church of Sant’Agata alla Fornace to the Cathedral of Catania, the procession cuts through a very large crowd, being accompanied by 12 giant candles 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 [...]