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Feast of San Giuseppe – Valguarnera Caropepe

19 March 2023

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In Sicily the most important Italian festival dedicated to San Giuseppe!

On March 19, the Feast of San Giuseppe, traditionally the most venerated saint of the city, is celebrated in Valguarnera Caropepe, in the center of Sicily, 21 km from Enna.

The feast begins nine days earlier with the recitation of the Novena, with which the town expresses its devotion to St. Joseph by meditating on his figure and addressing their prayers to him.

On the day of the feast, the Tavolate di San Giuseppe represent the peculiarity of the event: huge wooden tables in steps, laden with linen tablecloths, are set up in front of the church of San Giuseppe and laden with dishes and foods of the local tradition as a sign of thanks .

Typical dishes include pasta with honey, pagnuccata, cannoli with ricotta and cream, cassatelle, nougat and fried vegetables.

Bread has a leading role on the table and is modeled and baked in the shapes of angels and carpenter’s tools, to recall the work of St. Joseph.

The food on the tables is eaten in the sacristy of the church during the “a zena” (dinner) which takes place after the celebration of the Holy Mass.

The dinner is opened by the Holy Family, three inhabitants who represent the Madonna, Saint Joseph and the Child Jesus.

Subsequently, all devotees and families can take part in the dinner, who eat together in the name of Christian charity. The dishes on the top step are left intact and offered to the Saints.

The m’braculi, decorated candles and sacks of wheat are also placed on the tables, which in the afternoon are also carried in procession by the bakers, barefoot or on horseback. The procession is accompanied by the band that performs the typical “Chichirichi” march.

After the procession of bakers, the statue of St. Joseph is carried in procession through the streets of the city.

Text and photos from the web

Venue

Valguarnera Caropepe
Enna,

Organizer

Comune di Valguarnera Caropepe

Venue

Valguarnera Caropepe
Enna,

Organizer

Comune di Valguarnera Caropepe
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