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Happy Feast of Santa Rosalia, Palermo!

The Mayor of Palermo, Leoluca Orlando will lead the procession

  • July 14, 2019 13:00
  • Author Monika Dimitrova
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The feast of Santa Rosalia takes place in Palermo, Sicily every year in mid-July. It is a timeless tradition that involve tourists and takes them to a different world, full of charm and beauty, between devotion and theater. The Feast of Saint Rosalia is one of the most important religious events in the island of Sicily and  especially in Palermo. The feast is dedicated to Saint Rosalia, also called “La Santuzza (Little Saint), the patron saint of the city, and it commemorates the miraculous appearances of the Saint from 1624, when Palermo was hit by the plague.

The 395 edition of the feast will be held on 14-15 July 2019, announced Palermo Municipality. The procession will start tonight from the Cathedral of Palermo, reaching Foro Italico, near the sea, culminating with an impressive firework display. The Archbishop and the Mayor of Palermo Leoluca Orlando will lead the procession.

Happy Feast of Santa Rosalia, Palermo!

The central point of the procession is a vessel-shaped chariot, built at  a different place every year, it is 10 meters high and almost as long, decorated with roses and angels, and pulled by oxen. The chariot is carrying the Statue of saint Rosalia.

During the feast, on the streets of Palermo, you can taste traditional Sicilian food like pasta with sardines, babbaluci (snails boiled with garlic), sfincione (a thick Sicilian pizza), boiled octopus and watermelon.



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