05 February / Catania
Edition 2019. The feast of St. Agatha, patron saint of Catania, is one of the most beautiful patronal feast in the world, from 3 to 5 February three days of worship, devotion, folklore, traditions. On the days of the festival the traditional Fair of S. Agata.
Every year Catania offers its patron an extraordinary feast that can be compared to the Holy Week in Seville or the Corpus Domini in Cuzco, Peru. In those three days the city forgets everything to focus on the party, a mixture of devotion and folklore, which attracts up to a million people each year, among devotees and curious. The first day is reserved for candles. An evocative popular custom wants the donated candles to be as tall or heavy as the person asking for protection. The major religious, civil and military authorities participate in the procession for the collection of wax, a brief tour from the kiln to the cathedral. Two eighteenth-century carriages, which once belonged to the senate that governed the city, and eleven “candelore”, large representative ceri of the guilds or crafts, are brought in the parade. This first day of celebration ends in the evening a great show of fireworks in Piazza Duomo. The fireworks during the feast of St. Agatha, in addition to expressing the great joy of the faithful, take on a special meaning, because they remember that the patron saint, martyred on the embers, always watches over the fire of Etna and all the fires.