On the 16th of July I posted a picture of a procession of the Madonna del Carmine in New Jersey. Here are some pictures I took last night during the procession of the Madonna del Carmine in Ispica, a town in the Ragusa area. The procession started at 8pm and finished at 1am with big fireworks.
Yesterday it was the day of the Madonna del Carmine and in many towns in Sicily people are now working to prepare the processions that will take place this coming Sunday.
Today we celebrate San Giovanni, Saint John day, with processions taking palce in many towns around Sicily.
Just in the Province of Ragusa, where our cookery school is based, there are 4 processions, one in Ragusa, one in Monterosso Almo and in Pozzallo.
Sicily's Easter processions and celebrations are the most famous in Italy. They are the legacy of the 17th century Spanish domination of the island, and still bear a close resemblance to current Easter traditions in Spain.
"I Misteri" procession, in Trapani, represents the most important traditional event of the year for the local community, attracting many of visitors.
Sant' Agata is Catania's patron saint and is celebrated in February from the 3rd to the 5th with one of the largest religious processions in Italy.
Agata lived during the third century AD, when Sicily was under the Roman Empire, and was the daughter of an important rich local family. She was very religious and, while still very young, decided to dedicate her life to God by resisting any men who wanted her at a turbulent time in Sicily, when Christians were prosecuted.
She became a martyr when she refused the advances of Roman proconsul Quintian.