Some of you may already know, but I went to Sicily last month – travelled around during Holy Week and Easter. That was my fourth trip to the island, and I had already seen a lot. The purpose of visit this time was to see the religious traditions of Holy Week.
In Sicily, various towns and villages celebrate the week in their own ways, and there revive very ancient and picturesque traditions: procession with religious symbols is one of them. I planned a tight itinerary so that I could observe as many festivities as possible.
Palermo – (Selinunte : one day trip from Palermo) – Caccamo – Enna – Trapani -(Favignana, Marsala : quick visits from Trapani) – Palermo – (Cefalù : one day trip from Palermo)
I took hundreds of photos, and have so many things I want to write here, esp. food stuff 😀 – put on 2 kg during the trip 😦 – so this is a digest of the trip, and I will post more details later on.
Palermo – St Joseph’s Day (19th March 2016)
The first one was Festa di San Giuseppe, or St Joseph’s Day on 19th March. St Joseph is the patron saint of Sicily. Actually, the festa is not a part of Holy Week, but it fell on just before Palm Sunday this year, so I luckily witnessed the event – St Joseph’s Bonfire the night before St Joseph’s Day.
A Sicilian friend mentioned the fire is a symbol of coming of spring, and I learnt that St Joseph’s day brings the hope of spring and a break from Lent for Sicilians. Just thought it might be a pagan origin like the bonfire of the eve of All Saints’ Day, i.e. All Hallows’ Eve or Halloween.
And also, it probably comes from Joseph’s profession as a carpenter. In Spain, ‘carpenters and woodworkers clean out their shops and burn all the wood scraps on the evening of the patron’s feast.’
And enjoyed Sfincia too.
Just wondering if Sfincia, Krapfen/Pfannkuchen and Sfganiyah have the same origin?????
Tried Selinunte this year as I saw the archaeological site at Agrigento in 2012. Segesta maybe next time.
Caccamo – Palm Sunday (20th March 2016)
Enna – Holy Monday (21st March 2016)
Made a quick visit to the island – about 30 min hydrofoil journey from Trapani.
Marsala – Holy Thursday (24th March 2016)
Trapani – Good Friday (25th March 2016)
Palermo & Cefalù – Easter (27th March 2016)
Pasqua seemed very quiet and nothing special other than going to church. Just a day to spend with family?
One of my favourite places in Sicily. Lots of people were enjoying the sun and the beach on Pasqua.