Festivities

San Giuseppe - Scicli and Santa Croce Camarina

San Giuseppe - Scicli and Santa Croce Camarina

On the 19th of March we celebrate Saint Joseph day, San Giuseppe, and special festivals and processions take place allover Sicily.
In the province of Ragusa, in the South-East, the most famous events are the "Cavalcata di San Giuseppe" in Scicli and the "Tavolate di San Giuseppe" in Santa Croce Camerina.

Cavalcata di San Giuseppe (Saint Joseph’s Horse Parade)

Messina on the 15th of August: A Vara procession

Messina on the 15th of August: A Vara procession

On the 15th of August, most Italians celebrate the Ferragosto with their families and friends having a big meal and having fun. However, in certain areas of the country, especially in Sicily, the day is still closely dedicated to the religious celebration of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary into Heaven with ancient rituals, processions and special traditions taking place every year.

Easter traditional "palummeddi", fun for children and adults alike

Easter traditional "palummeddi", fun for children and adults alike

As we prepare for Easter I could not miss a special post about a Sicilian special Easter Recipe. The Holy Week in the island offers an interesting combinations of religious celebrations and traditions, including irresistible Pasqua food like: "nfigghiulati" (ricotta's pies), "cassateddi", marzipan decorated lambs, "palummeddi", "sciuscieddu", "'mpanati ri agneddu", and many, many more.

2nd of November: U Juornu re Muorti

2nd of November: U Juornu re Muorti

Today is "U juornu re muorti", the day when the church remembers with special celebrations those who are no longer alive, people visit the cemetery taking flowers and candles to the graves of dead relatives and friends, and, in Sicily, children find presents `brought' to them by the "muorti".

Now as I am no longer a child and could not expect any toys, I got myself something even better: sweet made by Benedictine nuns in Modica.

Easter Traditional Food in Sicily: Pastieri recipe

Easter Traditional Food in Sicily: Pastieri recipe

Easter is a very special time in Sicily, a wonderful blend of religious celebrations and traditions. And food, as usual in Sicily, plays a central role even during these festivities with: "nfigghiulati" (ricotta's pies), "cassateddi", marzipan decorated lambs, "palummeddi", "sciuscieddu", "'mpanati ri agneddu", and many, many more.
Here you find a recipe for one of my favourite Easter Sicilian delicacies "Pastieri", typical of the Modica and Ragusa area.

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