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Event Highlights: Misteri di Trapani – 30th and 31st March 2018

The Sacred Groups, called “I Misteri” , rapresenting the Passion Of Christ are eighteen, plus the two simulacra of Dead Jesus and the Sorrowful Mother.

The realization of these groups was not inspired by the classical iconography, but by episodes quoted in the Sacred Texts or in the Apocryphal Gospels and also adding personal interpretations.

The statues are fixed to a wooden base called “vara”, with a particular procedure, in order to allow a certain oscillation during their transport, such as to express a scenic representation of the group. Some of these “vare” have been wonderfully carved by the artisans of Trapani with depictions of putti, symbols of the belonging social class or views of Trapani.

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Carnival Celebrations

40 days before Easter The carnival celebrated in Acireale (Catania) boasts an old tradition that dates back to the 16th century. It is certainly more grand than the carnival of Sciacca and has gained the reputation as “the most beautiful carnival in Sicily”. Workers in Acireale get refined in the manufacture of allegorical floats, more and more sophisticated and coloured, and floats decorated with flowers, more and more gigantic, that reach the same importance of the allegorical ones

Date: 13-02-2019
Location: Acireale

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Carnival Celebrations

40 days before Easter. Carnival celebrated in Sciacca (Agrigento), together with that of Acireale, is certainly the most beautiful carnival in Sicily and one of the most beautiful in Italy. Dances start during Holy Thursday of every year. This task is assigned to Peppe ‘Nnappa, typical mask of Sciacca, who walking through the streets invites people to enjoy and forget about everyday problems with his hymn. During the parade there is a distribution of sausage, wine and candies expressing in this way the spirit of hospitality which is typical of these people.

Date: 13-02-2019
Location: Sciacca

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Feast of Saint Agatha

Patron of Catania. Processions, shows, exhibits. Feast of Saint Agata, Catania. Of pagan origin, this is a beautiful all-night religious celebration of the martyred patron saint of the city. A procession of candle-bearers called candelore parades through the city, accompanied by the mayor and his entourage in gilded horse-drawn carriages. High church officials add clouds of incense and all the requisite pomp and circumstance. There's also street theater and fireworks. Sweets based on centuries-old recipes from nunneries are sold. All-around mayhem prevails. February 4 to 5. Contact the Catania tourist office (tel. 095-7306255).

Date: 03-02-2019
Location: Catania

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Almond blossom festival

Every year, please contact the tourism board for more details. Traditional folk festival in Valley of the Temples and city of Agrigento, with parades, shows, craft exhibits. Almond Blossom Festival, Agrigento. Literally thousands of almond trees are in bloom around the Valley of the Temples at this festival heralding the arrival of the first fruits of spring. In Phrygian myths, the almond tree was viewed as "the father of the world." The event is marked with exotic music, singing, beauty pageants, parades, and traditional puppet shows. All kinds of sweets made with almonds are sold.

Date: 01-02-2019
Location: Agrigento

St. Sebastian festivity

There is a colorul parade with a silver carriage and singing of hymns in front of the Cathedral.

Date: 20-01-2019
Location: Acireale

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San Antonio Abate Anniversary

This annual procession paying homage to San Antonio, held in the streets of the small village of Giarratana, promises to be a bizarre experience. San Antonio Abbate, who is believed to have lived in 250 AD, gave up his wealth by distributing his money amongst the poor and leading a life of total seclusion. Legend has it that the devil, disguised in the shape of an animal, tempted Antonio several times, with no success. Cost Free. County Ragusa, Town Giarratana.

Date: 17-01-2019
Location: Giarratana,

Byzantine Epiphany Celebrations

Eastern rite liturgy and events similar to those of Greek Orthodox Church.

Date: 06-01-2019
Location: Piana degli Albanesi

Bordonaro Epiphany

(Every year) Grab some cake and eat it in Bordonaro during Epiphany. In the main public square locals erect a Pagghiaru, a very special Epiphany tree covered with fruit and bread, with a two-metre-high cross on top, all up for grabs after Mass! The fantastic food bonanza is followed by a theatrical performance of Cavaddazzu e l'omu sabbagghiu, which translates from the Sicilian dialect as "man and ferocious nature". The events take place in the evening

Date: 06-01-2019
Location: Bordonaro

San Silvestro Celebration,

(Every year) Join the festivities celebrating Silvestro, patron saint of the Sicilian village of Troina, a monk renowned for his generosity and miracles. Legend has it that Silvestro spent the last years of his life meditating and praying in a cave not far from the monastery where he was abbot.

Date: 31-12-2018
Location: Troina

San Vito Climbing Festival

The 3rd edition of San Vito Lo Capo Climbing Festival, an international meeting of sport climbers, will be held from October 6th – 10th in the climbing areas of San Vito Lo Capo. The goal of this festival, where climbers from all over Europe compete on Sicilian rock, is to provide participants with a party atmosphere and four intense days of climbing in one of the most beautiful places of the island.

Date: 06-10-2018
Location: San Vito Lo Capo, Trapani