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Special Events And Festivals In Sicily

May 13, 2010 by  
Filed under Travel Guide

So you want to experience some of the special events and festivals in Sicily?

Obviously, Sicily offers a lot to do. If you’ve done any research at all, you’ve probably already realized that you are not going to be able to experience everything Sicily offers in the span of your holiday. However, this doesn’t mean you need to miss out on the larger of Sicily’s attractions.

Let me ask you a question. What does the rich Italian and Sicilian culture hold in high regard?

The obvious answers would be fine food, fine wine, fine cheeses, fine clothing… However, the Italian and Sicilians also hold special events and festivals in Sicily in high regard.

Many of the special events and festivals in Sicily are held around religious holidays. One of the more famous festivals is the carnivals held in Sciacca, Acireale, and Termini Imerese. In these festivals, the people participating usually don masks similar to those of Pulcinella, or Varca.

Sicilians have been described as both superstitious, and religious at the same time. Because of this, special events and festivals in Sicily are usually packed with symbolism. The burning of a “pupi,” (a large Italian puppet) supposedly symbolized the incinerating of the bad parts of a soul.

In addition to these carnivals, there are many festivals in Sicily that celebrate religion itself. the Feast of Saint Agatha is held in February, and the celebration of Saint Sebastian is held every January.

Obviously, if you are not a native Italian and if you are not extremely familiar with the background and culture of the Sicilians, most of the symbolism will go “over your head.” However, this doesn’t’ mean that you cannot enjoy the festivals. If you can plan your Sicilian vacation around one of these holidays, go for it! It will add a new element of excitement to your vacation that you will not soon forget!

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