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Feast of Saint Rosalia – Sicily

In July, six days full of events culminating in the parade of Saint Rosalia’s chariot.

Festa di Santa Rosalia - Palermo
10 Jul 2018 - 15 Jul 2018 Sicily -Palermo (PA)  Folklore | Religion

The Feast of Santa Rosalia (U Festìnu), which takes place from July 10 until July 15, 2018, is a real tourist buster in Palermo. The main purpose of the celebration is to thank and worship the patron saint of the city, Saint Rosalia, also called la Santuzza.
According to local faith, in 1624 she saved the city’s residents from a dreadful plague, after her relics were found in Monte Pellegrino.

U Fistinu (the feast), starts on the 10th of july, but only during the night between 14-15 July reaches its peak. Thousand of people follow the parade leaded by a giant iron made chariot, from the Cathedral to the Foro Italico. Folklore and religion meet and explode into traditional fireworks, making you believe the sun is shining.

During the celebrations traditional dishes are served: pasta with sardines (la pasta chî sardi), babbaluci (boiled snails with garlic and parsley), sfincione (‘u sfinciuni), boiled octopus ( ‘u purpu), calia e simenza ( ‘u scacciu), boiled panicle (pullanca) and watermelon (detto ‘u muluni).
Saint Rosalia and its worship are a chance for resident to get together. Their motto is Hurray to Palermo and to Saint Rosalia! (Viva Palermo e Santa Rosalia!).

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