“Who wants poetry has to come in Sicily” (Ignazio Buttitta)
When we think of Sicilian folklore we also think about the Sicilian cart, the French knights, the “marranzano” with its strange sound. We think about the vibrant colors of traditional costumes, songs, legends and tales. But we also think about delicious dishes, prepared during special events. Among these, the feast of St. Agatha in Catania, the Carnival of Acireale, the Dancing Devils in Prizzi and the Feast dedicated to Santa Rosalia in Palermo.
These are just some of the celebrations that take place in this region full of history and traditions. Religious festivals play an important role in Sicilian society, giving rise to spectacular celebrations and processions. For example Easter celebrated with greek-Byzantine rite, in the village of Piana degli Albanesi. But Sicily is not only religious feasts. For instance during the week of Pirandello in Agrigento we can find plays, operas and ballets.
If you prefer funny masks and carts representing caricatures, the Carnival of Acireale is among the most beautiful in Sicily. Another typical feast, not to miss, is the Festival of almond trees in bloom. This festival is organized in the Valley of the Temples in the city of Agrigento. Eating is also part of the Sicilian tradition. In fact during any feast and holiday you will find various stands decorated with brightly colored paintings similar to those of the Sicilian carts. Here you can taste the “calia”, peanuts, toasted almonds, prickly pears, or Martorana fruits.
The Sicilian folklore is charming and rich in events. Come and dive in a sea of sensations, traditions, music, dancing and good food!