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Laurel Feast – Forza D’Agrò

18 April 2022. On Easter Monday a feast of old traditions, in the province of Messina.

Laurel Feast - Forza D'Agrò
18 Apr 2022 Sicily -Forza D'Agrò (Messina)  Easter | Religious celebrations | Folklore-Traditions

On Easter Monday, April 18th, 2022, in Forza D’Agrò, in the province of Messina the Laurel Feast and the Holy Oils Procession are celebrated.
Laurel symbolizes the victory and the feast celebrates the victory of Christ over the death with the Resurrection.
A peculiarity of the feast is the competition among the Laurel Banners in the honour of the Trinity, realized by the inhabitants of the village with laurel leaves set in a cane or wooden structure.
After the award ceremony that nominates the best banner, all of the banners are brought in the procession by the brotherhoods starting from the Triad Church and treading Annunziata street to Saint Anthony square along the music band.
In the procession with the banners also the Holy Oil, that before was used to heal the sick people and became a symbol of the freedom from sin and spiritual healing.

All the participants bring a twig of laurel leaves.  Once reached Saint Anthony Square, the priest blesses the laurel twigs.

A hospitality gesture is the distribution of the “Collure(“Cuddure” in dialect), typical Sicilian sweets in the Easter period. The Cuddure, symbol of prosperity, are realized one week before the feast by the housewives of the area.
Laurel Feast - Forza D'Agrò Sicily Italy

Photos: from the official website of the event and Wikipedia

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