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Religious Holidays


As the attentive visitor can easily notice, Sicilians are fervently religious. Religious ceremonies have been and will always be the occasion to break the monotony of daily life, to leave daily occupations aside and turn to spirituality, in search of consolation and refuge, praying God or local patron saints. Popular religiousness mixes sacred and profane colouring devotional rituals with folkloristic celebrations, fireworks, shows, musical bands parades and sumptuous decorations. [ + ]

Villas in Sicily for christmas


Easter falls after the first full moon in spring, usually on a Sunday between March 22nd and April 25th. It is the most important solemn occasion in the liturgical year, and it’s the opportunity to celebrate a number of popular feasts commemorating the Mysteries of Jesus’ Passion, Death and Resurrection. Several of those ceremonies link Christian religious devotion to ancient rituals and pagan symbols. The most striking expressions of popular devotion are processions and pilgrimages mixing devotees’ mourning for Dead Christ and rejoicing for His Resurrection. [ + ]

Villas in Sicily for easter

Festino di Santa Rosalia - Palermo July 15th

The traditional feast in honor of St. Rosalia, Palermo’s patron saint, dates back to July 15th 1624, when the Saint’s relics were found and brought through the city streets, putting a miracolous end to the plague haunting the city, as Saint Rosalia had promised. Cardinal Giannettino Doria, supported by the locals, decided to honor the saint, lovingly called “Santuzza” by Palermitans, with an annual solemn procession involving the main political representatives. Since then, St. Rosalia’s relics, kept inside a precious silver urn, are brought about on a solemn parade departing from the Archibishop’s Palace and the Cathedral up to the sea by members of the clergy, of Consiglio Reale (now replaced by Regional government), Palermitan Senate (municipality), illustrious aristocratic families, and by crowds of devoted citizens. Today, the celebrations for Saint Rosalia’a Feast last seven days, from July 9th to the 15th, and culminate with the spectacular parade of a huge and impressive baroque cart carryingthe Saint’s relics, and in the colorful firework display held in the so-called “Marina” promenade. A few details regarding the Feast are worth mentioning. [ + ]

Villas in Sicily for the Festino di Santa Rosalia

Christmas in Palermo - Politeama Theatre

Massimo Theatre in Christmas - Palermo

Easter clebrations in Central Sicily

Festino di Santa Rosalia in Palermo old city centre

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