The Feast of St. Joseph is one of the most heartfelt celebrations by the inhabitants of the Egadi Islands , particularly those Marettimo who revere him as their patron saint .
There, he gives life to a true and evocative folk ritual in honor of the saint, who is celebrated anyway so even heard of Favignana and Levanzo. It lasts three days - 18, 19 and 20 March - and it starts with the band that performs for the city streets.
The night is celebrated on the characteristic rite of " Duminiara " Marettimo you set fire to three piles of bundles of wood , rosemary and heather , which represent the holy family .
In addition to the image of the saint and the holy family are exposed symbolic objects like three oranges, " cucciddrati ", the " panuzzi " , lit candles , which become veritable altars in the homes of the islanders and serve as a great backdrop for collective and the image of the saint.
While the town´s streets come alive with music band , will perform other rites - such as that of ´ " Stay ," a touching moment that commemorates the exodus from Egypt by Jesus , Joseph and Mary and their search for shelter.
On March 19 in the main square is set up a stage decorated with myrtle. On stage , three people in the country are Joseph, Mary and Jesus begins the ritual of ´ " ammitata " : a lunch in the square with a full table set up on the stage, the preparation of which contributes citizenship . Are distributed homegrown foods and sweets such as " cubbaita " cassatelle , the " picky " .
In the afternoon, the statue of the saint is carried in procession and carried from house to house .
The next day are organized traditional games such as " Pignateddi ", " jocu antinna " and the classic tug of war. To close the three -day festival thinks the procession of San Francesco di Paola , " U Santu Patri " - much venerated in Trapani - , patron and protector of all seafarers.
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