PASQUA IN SICILIA: le celebrazioni più belle da non perdere!

La Pasqua in Sicilia è la ricorrenza che fin dai tempi più antichi e più di ogni altra, ha suscitato in tutto il territorio dell’isola, una intensa partecipazione popolare. Nel corso della Settimana Santa è un susseguirsi di rappresentazioni e processioni che hanno come intento quello della rievocazione e commemorazione della Passione, Morte e Resurrezione di Gesù Cristo. I cortei che si snodano per le vie delle città sono formati dalle confraternite delle arti e dei mestieri nei loro caratteristici antichi costumi, seguite dal clero con i paramenti quaresimali, nonché da simulacri di Gesù morto, della Madre sua in dolore e dagli altri personaggi che contornano la Passione di Cristo. Ma più spesso queste rappresentazioni sono impersonate dai fedeli che raffigurano con grande pathos i tristi momenti del Calvario di Gesù. La presenza attiva della gente è sentita a tal punto che, anche a livello emotivo, i sentimenti del dolore per la Morte prima e poi della gioia per la Resurrezione del Redentore, appaiono autentici per la teatralità che assumono nei vari passaggi del ciclo pasquale. Forte è la simbologia che connota e caratterizza la Settimana Santa sia a livello decorativo degli scenari per la presenza di elementi ormai rituali […]

Easter in Sicily

Sicily is famous for its spectacular celebrations surrounding Pasqua (Easter) as Sicilians head to church and take to the streets in parades to honour the most important week in the Christian calendar. Festivities continue throughout Holy Week, culminating on Easter Sunday, when families enjoy a lunch based on roast lamb and specially-prepared cakes. Pasquetta (Easter Monday) is traditionally the first chance for a spring outing in the year, when Sicilians head for parks, beaches and nature reserves to have a picnic. All over the island, in large towns and tiny villages alike, processions weave their way through narrow streets, central thoroughfares and piazzas until finally they arrive at the local parish church or Cathedral. Easter also signals the arrival of Spring, and many pagan traditions that used to mark the arrival of the “beautiful season” have been incorporated into the religious festivities. For food lovers, Easter is a great time to come to Sicily: enticing seasonal delicacies and gastronomic delights celebrate the bounty of Primavera. It is the time for Martorana, or Pasta Reale, marzipan confectionary that is delighfully shaped and painted to resemble fruit of all types. With Easter being a time for celebration, the Cassata, Sicily’s signature cake, […]

Ostern auf Sizilien

Ostern wird auf Sizilien groß gefeiert und es ist ein wundervolles Erlebnis, zu dieser Zeit die Insel zu entdecken. Über die ganze Insel verteilt finden Prozessionen statt, die sich ihren Weg durch die schmalen Gassen, großen Hauptdurchgangsstraßen und Piazzas bahnen, um bei der Kirche oder Kathedrale ihren Abschluss zu finden. Ostern läutet den Frühling ein und viele heidnische Bräuche zur Feier der Ankunft der „schönen Jahreszeit“ sind in die religiösen Festlichkeiten eingeflossen. Für Feinschmecker ist Ostern eine ideale Zeit, um auf Sizilien zu verweilen: die Fülle des Frühlings wird mit verführerischen saisonalen Gerichten und kulinarischen Genüssen gefeiert. Es ist Zeit für Martorana oder Pasta Reale, eine Art Marzipan-Konfekt, das wie richtige Früchte geformt und bemalt ist. Cassata, ein typisch sizilianischer Kuchen aus gesüßtem Ricotta-Käse, Marzipan und kandierten Früchten wird auf der ganzen Insel aufgetischt. Frische Erbsen, Fava-Bohnen und Artischocken harmonisieren zusammen in „frittella“, und die Thunfischsaison beginnt… Zurück zum heiligen Aspekt von ‘Pasqua’ (Ostern): Es gibt einige sehr interessante Anlässe, die es bei einem Besuch auf Sizilien zur Osterzeit nicht zu verpassen gilt und bei denen Sie die Atmosphäre von jahrhundertealter Traditionen erleben können: Im Westen Das vermutlich bekannteste religiöse Spektakel auf Sizilien sind die „Mysterien“ von Trapani, an denen […]

Mount Etna’s scary sudden eruption surprising group of tourists on March 16th, 2017

Several tourists have reportedly been injured as Mount Etna erupted for the third time in just under three weeks, spitting molten lava nearly 650 feet into the sky above Sicily. A BBC journalist and camera crew were caught in the huge explosion on Thursday. ‘Lava flow mixed with steam – caused huge explosion – group pelted with boiling rocks and steam,’ the BBC’s global science correspondent, Rebecca Morelle, tweeted. She reported an estimated eight people suffered head injuries, burns, cuts and bruises. ‘An amazing 78 year old lady was very close – but safely got away,’ Ms Morelle tweeted. ‘Incident could have been worse – explosions like this have killed – but seems minor injuries for now. ‘BBC team all OK – some cuts/ bruises and burns. Very shaken though – it was extremely scary. ‘Running down a mountain pelted by rocks, dodging burning boulders and boiling steam – not an experience I ever ever want to repeat,’ she added. Italian news reports say scientists investigating the recent eruptions were injured when magma spewing from the volcano hit snow, causing an explosion. The Catania operation center of Italy’s volcanology institute confirmed Thursday that members of a team taking measurements on […]

Mount Etna: new fantastic lava flow shoot from drone

Mount Etna has given very nice activity, and quite varied (Strombolian activity from the “saddle vent” between old and new Southeast Crater cones, sporadic emissions of brown ash from the New Southeast Crater). The lava flow has advanced not much more than 1 km from the crater and during the day was advancing slowly toward south-southwest.

The Palatine Chapel in Palermo (Cappella Palatina)(video)

The Palatine Chapel in Palermo (Cappella Palatina) Commenced by Roger II and consecrated in 1140. The Chapel is inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List. The Palatine Chapel is the royal chapel of the Norman kings of Kingdom of Sicily situated on the first floor at the center of the Norman Palace in Palermo. The chapel is a great symbol of multi-cultural cooperation. Craftsmen of three different religious traditions worked alongside each other. The madonna below Christ Pantocrator is an addition from the 18th century. Originally there was a window there. The Palatine Chapel, consecrated on Palm Sunday, 28 April, 1140, is inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List. The mosaics in the Palatine Chapel were probably made by the same craftsmen that made the mosaics in the Martorana and the central apse of the Cathedral in Cefalù. The wooden ceiling of star-shaped panels, carved and painted by 12th century craftsmen from Maghreb. Originally there were 50 windows (later blocked) designed to illuminate at all times of the day the stories told on the wall. The texts in the chapel are written in Greek, Arabic and Latin. The term “Normans” (“men from the North”) applied first to the people of Scandinavia in […]

Mount Etna Makes Stunning Eruption In Sicily | TIME

Lava Flows: Mount Etna the highest volcano in Europe erupts Intense Strombolian activity and lava flow emission from the active vent on top of Etna’s Southeast Crater Mount Etna has erupted for the first time in 2017, leaping into action on Monday evening (February 27) shooting bright red lava into the night sky. The highest active volcano in Europe Mount Etna began to erupt on the island of Sicily, on Monday. The volcano, which lies between the cities of Messina and Catania, can be seen spewing fountains of lava which reportedly exceeded several hundred meters high. Mount Etna has given very nice activity, and quite varied (Strombolian activity from the “saddle vent” between old and new Southeast Crater cones, sporadic emissions of brown ash from the New Southeast Crater). The lava flow has advanced not much more than 1 km from the crater and during the day was advancing slowly toward south-southwest. A conspicuous cone is growing around the active vent which is now the highest peak of the Southeast Crater, but probably still somewhat lower than Etna’s highest point, the Northeast Crater (3329 m). Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e VulcanologiaIstituto nazionale di geofisica e vulcanologiaINGV,Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e […]

Sizilien, Agrigent: Das Fest des blühenden Mandelbaums im Tempeltal

Das Fest des blühenden Mandelbaums in Verbindung mit dem internationalen Folklorefestival könnte keinen stimmungsvolleren Hintergrund finden. In dem spektakulären Tal der Tempel findet jedes Jahr diese Veranstaltung statt, die im Lauf der Zeit immer mehr an Bedeutung gewonnen hat, so dass inzwischen auch internationale Gruppen an einem Fest teilnehmen, das entstanden ist, um alte Traditionen wiederzubeleben. Die Mandelblüte in Sizilien erstreckt sich über einen langen Zeitraum. Während in milden Jahren bereits Mitte Januar die zahlreichen Mandelbäume auf Sizilien blühen, erstreckt sich die Mandelblüte bis Ende März. Besonders gefeiert wird die Mandelblüte in Sizilien in der Ortschaft Agrigento, im Süden der Insel. Dort wird mit der “Sagra del Mandorlo in Fiore”, dem Mandelblütenfest, ein gesamtes Fest der Mandelblüte gewidmet. Im Tal der Tempel, übrigens ein sehr interessantes Ausflugsziel, befinden sich unzählige Mandelbäume, die das gesamte Tal in einem zarten Weiß färben. Idealer Aufenthaltsort für die Zeit während der Mandelblüte ist beispielsweise Avola. Dort wächst die bekannteste aller italienischen Mandelsorten, die “Avola”, die ihren Namen der gleichnamigen Stadt verdankt. Rund um Avola und den benachbarten Ort Noto und dem gesamten Elorogebiet unterhalb von Lido di Noto wachsen unzählige Mandelbäume, die die gesamte Ebene zwischen Meer und den Monti Iblei zu einem der […]

Sicily almond blossom festival in the valley of the Greek temples in Agrigento

Almond Blossom Festival (Sagra del mandorlo in fiore) has been taking place in Agrigento for already 72 years. It’s an international folk festival aiming to spread the message of peace, integration and cooperation between people. Every year in February, Agrigento celebrates the first almond blossoms of the season in its Sagra del Mandorlo in Fiore. The highlight of the festival, which continues until the beginning of March, is on the closing Sunday. A parade, accompanied by songs and dances, winds through the streets of Agrigento, celebrating peace, joy and fraternity. The almond blossoms are celebrated as harbingers of spring; once the delicate pinkish-white blossoms appear, spring can’t be too far behind—at least in Sicily. Planting spring crops begins in earnest, and here in the south we can start to taste the promise of fava beans for the Festa di San Giuseppe (St. Joseph), Italian Father’s Day, on 19 March. Agrigento, founded by Greek colonists in 6 B.C., is one of Italy’s most under-appreciated spots with its Valle dei Tempii, home to five ancient temples: Concordia, Juno, Jupiter, Hercules, Castor and Pollux. They are official World Heritage landmarks, glow gorgeously golden at sunset, and provide an amazing backdrop for the Almond […]

SICILE CARNAVAL

Carnaval en Italie est toujours une période de liesses populaires. Les fêtes se déroulent de façon différentes, selon les région. Il existe de nombreux Carnavals en Italie. Celui de Venise, bien sûr, est l’un des plus célèbres. Mais il existe également des carnavals trés différents, tous magnifiques, spectaculaires et plongeant leurs racines dans les coutumes ancestrales. Parmi les plus beaux carnavals de la Sicile, nous retrouvons notamment le Carnaval d’Acireale, une magnifique petite ville baroque riche en monuments de grand intérêt, située dans la province de Catane. La fête vante une tradition très ancienne. Déjà au XVIe siècle se déroulait durant le mois de février, une grande manifestation spontanée à laquelle le peuple participait avec enthousiasme. A l’origine de cette tradition, il y a le lancement d’ œufs pourris et d’ agrumes dans les rues, jusqu’au moment où un décret établit qu’il s’agissait d’un “jeu”.   Au début du XVIIIe siècle le carnaval s’est raffiné et enrichi grâce surtout aux “abbattazzi”, des poètes populaires qui improvisaient des vers et des poésies le long des rues d’Acireale. Un siècle plus tard, fut introduite la “cassariata”, c’est-à-dire les défilés des “lando”, d’élégantes carrosses trainées par des chevaux, réservées à la noblesse qui […]