Feast of the death in Sicily
Feast of the death in Sicily
Feast of the death in Sicily

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FEAST OF THE DEATH IN SICILY


Feast of the death in Sicily

 

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Sicily is a heartfelt celebration. Dates from the tenth century and is celebrated on November 2 to commemorate the dead. It is said that on the night between 1 and 2 November, the dead do visit their loved ones still alive and bring gifts to children. These gifts are, in fact, purchased by parents and relatives in the traditional "fair" that take place in many parts of Sicily.

The fairs are stalls selling toys and various items to give to children. The gifts are then hidden in the house and found by children in the early morning, with a sort of treasure hunt. In addition to all sorts of toys, there is the custom of giving new shoes, sometimes full of sweets, such as special biscuits called "crozza 'i Mottu" (dead bone) and dried fruit, biscuits and chocolates, fruit martorana puppets and sugar, usually accompanied by 'u cannistru', a basket filled with dried fruit.

In some parts of Sicily, is prepared muffoletta "cunzato" the morning of November 2: bread with oil, salt, pepper and oregano. The day continues with a visit to the cemetery, where lie the dead. For some years now, October 31, the eve of the feast of All Saints, we celebrate Halloween. Pagan festival of type, imported from America, where since the late afternoon and late into the night the kids organize parties, dances and games, wearing masks and monstrous and macabre walk around with baskets to neighbors asking for sweets.

For the souls of the dead are carved turnips to introduce candles lit. The pumpkin contains seeds and, therefore, is linked to a sense of abundance and fertility, and is used to remove the souls of the dead. These traditions survive in some places in Sicily, where the "dead" are usually out during their holiday and making the old paths to donate gifts to children. A Erice, the dead come out of the Church of the Capuchins. A Cianciana leaving the Convent of St. Anthony of the Reformed. A Partinico wearing a sheet and, barefoot, with a lighted torch and reciting litanies, run through some city streets. Acireale, during the feast of the dead, using that revolve around the city wearing a shroud, stealing the gifts to the sellers and given to children.

Fonte: siciliaonline.it

 

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