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Sicily Festivals & Events

Throughout the island and throughout the year there are numerous festivals which provide a good opportunity to see traditional costumes and local handicrafts, hear local music with singing and dancing, and taste local produce at typical Sicilian food stalls.

Sicilian festivals are usually religious in origin, but others celebrate annual and gastronomic events. Also many historic monuments host plays and concerts in the summer months (please ask locally for information).

Please click here for events at the Greek Theatre in Taormina

January

1st-6th - New Year celebrations in Taormina with puppet shows, folk-singing and concerts
6th - Orthodox Epiphany processions with traditional costumes and oranges in Piana degli Albanesi
17th - Festival of Sant'Anotonio in Nicolosi

February

3rd-5th - Festival of Sant'Agata in Catania with a variety of food stalls, events, fireworks and a procession
1st/2nd week - Almond blossom festival in Agrigento

February/March

Carnevale - 3 day event with procession, fireworks and music

15th February - 4th March - The Carnival of Acireale which is one of the most beautiful and exciting carnivals on the island with a parade around the town centre.

March

19th - Festival of St Joseph in Salemi where sculptures of Joseph, Mary and Jesus are made out of bread

March/April

Pasqua (Easter) and Holy Week - processions and traditional costumes

Good Friday - The Procession of the Mysteries, Trapani

Starting in the afternoon and continuing into the Saturday a procession of statues, called the Sacred Mysteries, are taken through the city.

Easter Sunday - Maronne vasa vasa, Modica - Ragusa

Two parades along the streets with statues of the Virgin Mary and Christ.

Easter Sunday - The Devils,  Adrano-Catania

Good and Evil are represented in this celebration to show how Good triumphs over Evil.

Easter Sunday -  The abballu de li diavuli, Prizzi-Palermo

The masked devils (some frightening) run through the village until the Virgin Mary and Christ will impede them in the afternoon.

April

23rd - San Giorgio (St George's Day), processions in traditional costumes

Last week - Annual Windsurfing Festival at Mondello

May

Sagra del Lago with folk events and fireworks at Lago di Pergusa
Festival of San Francesco di Paola in Milazzo
Classical drama festival in Syracuse taking place in the Greek Theatre
1st - Procession of St Lucy in Syracuse
9th-10th - Pilgrimage of athletic souls run the streets in Trecastagni
4th week - Classic dramas preformed in the ancient theatre in Tyndaris
Penultimate Sunday - Festa dei Rami where laurel branches are carried in Troina

June

2nd/3rd week - Theatrical performances and concerts at Milazzo castle
24th - Pesce a Mare (symbolic fishing ceremony) is enacted at sea in Aci Trezza

July

Estate Ennese - a series of concerts in the open air castle of Enna
2nd/3rd week - International Film Festival in Taormina at the Greek Theatre (please click here for events at the theatre
11th-15th - Festival of St Rosalia in Palermo with fireworks and celebrations of the city being saved from the plague

August

1st Sunday - A boat race between the 5 traditional sections of the city around Ortigia island in Syracuse
12th-14th - Il Palio dei Normanni in Piazza Armerina where they celebrate Count Roger taking the town in 11th century
15th - Ferrogosta procession with fireworks in Massina and a boat procession at Capo d'Orlando
27th-29th - St John the Baptist celebrations in Ragusa

September

A medieval parade with some 500 characters representing the notaries of the town of Caccamo's history from the 11th - 19th century's
4th  - Pilgrimage of Monte Pellegino in Palermo in honour of St Rosalia
7th-8th - Procession of Madonna delle Luci and her guardians in Mistretta
Last week - International couscous festival at San Vito Lo Capo

October

Ecclesiastical music concerts in Monreale cathedral, Palermo
Horse fair in San Fratello

November

Historical fair in Sant'Agata di Militello

December

13th - Festival of St Lucy in Syracuse
25th - Christmas

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