April 24th – Tremestieri Etneo (CT)
On Monday following Sunday “in Albis” (the first Sunday after Easter) in Tremestieri Etneo (CT), according to tradition, the feast in honor of Our Lady of Peace, Patroness of the village, is solemnized. The devotion of the tremestieresi towards the Madonna has very ancient origins. There were numerous altars in the past along the streets of the village and country dedicated to the Madonna, as that of the singular, for its topographical meaning, now unfortunately long gone, placed on the border with Mascalucia and Pedara, containing three images: in the middle the Madonna of Peace and at the sides S. Vito and S. Antonio Abate, which indicated, in the iconographic position of their respective protectors, the belonging of the territories to the three neighboring municipalities.
To confirm the patronage of the town, the effigy of the Madonna della Pace has for many centuries been the emblem of the Municipality. Every year, in honor of Our Lady of Peace, the solemn mass is celebrated, the firecrackers are exploded, there are the sellers of “calia” and of crispelle and the band plays happily through the streets and squares of the city for the joy of the great and of the little ones. A large crowd of villagers, new residents, vacationers and strangers follows the statue of the Madonna triumphantly brought to the artistic fercolo for the village and all seem to grasp, in the sweet and maternal expression of the sacred simulacrum, the sign of a longing for peace and comfort that the simple and generous spirit of the past generations has wanted to summarize in the title of “Queen of Peace” given to Our Lady elected protectress of Tremestieri.
For more information: www.comune.tremestieri.ct.it