La Settimana Santa, Sicily

April 6, 2012

Happy Easter!

Candles during Holy Week in Sicily, copyright Jann Huizenga

Candles outside a church during Holy Week

Read about an Easter morning celebration in Southeast Sicily here.

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18 comments to La Settimana Santa, Sicily

  • Anitre

    After experiencing the Holy Thursday evening in Ispica and the more intimate Vasa Vasa on the seafront in Pozzallo,I can confirm that the Sicilians take La Settimana Santa to the highest level. Let’s not forget the 2 days of feasting after. Did you have your Columba cake? Auguri, Jann!

    • Jann

      Altretanto, Anitre! So glad you experienced the Ispica celebrations–they take the week to a whole new level, as you say. Hope you’re recovering from the food overdose!

  • Jann, I love the holy week in countries like Spain, Italy, and Greece! Candles are an important part of the processions and mass. I remember reading your holy week post last year and loving it! I trust you had a great Easter, my friend. Are you in Sicily now? 🙂

  • Talk about a blaze of glory!
    I had an Easter in Calabria a few years ago and it was probably the best of my life. Well, other than the fact that I didn’t get a huge coloured basket full of chocolate or a new outfit and Easter bonnet like when I was a kid.
    That’s a fabulous picture of the family gathered on the balcony (in your linked story) to watch the parade below. They’re so beautifully set off against the gorgeous wall of the building. Ah, the colours of Italia/Sicilia! Buon Pasqua to you (something to that effect).

  • sandee wheeler

    Wishing you and your family and Happy Easter Jann!

  • —Stunning. Beautiful.

    Puts everything into perspective, Jann.

    Have a WONDERFUL Easter, Sweets. What will you do? What will you eat? Xxxx

  • Sam

    So I take it from these comments, and previous Christmas comments, that the main focus is on food over the major holidays?

    • Jann

      Lots of gorging on lamb and cassata (a rich ricotta cake), Sam! But there is a major spiritual focus, too–perhaps even stronger than the focus on food.

  • Easter, and dinner with the relatives, including the terrible Biagio, who drones on about how much every detail of his life has cost, down to the socks on his feet. A small price to pay for the most incredible meal of the year! Then there is Pasquetta, the day after Easter when everyone gets on their motorcycle and fills the air with a constant drone, the meal will be even more exaggeratedly huge! Happy Easter!

    • Jann

      Well, Sandra, I would love to meet the terrible Biagio, who sounds just like a character in a novel. 🙂

  • Buona Pasqua di cuore Jann! I would love to celebrate Easter in Sicily again. It is so heartfelt and festive. Beautiful photo! Jx

  • Nancy

    Hope to one day spend Easter in Sicily with family.

  • Wow, wow! Happy Easter in Sicily!!

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