2017, Feb 3-5 - Sant'Agata Feast - Catania CT
The feast of Sant 'Agata, the patron saint of Catania, is one of the most patron saint feast in the world. February 3 to 5 three days of worship, devotion, folklore and traditions.
In those three days the city forget everything and concentrate on the party, a mixture of devotion and folklore, which annually attracts up to one million people, including devotees and curious. The first day is reserved for the offering of candles. A fascinating popular custom where the donated candles are heavy like the person applying for the protection. The first day of celebration finish in the evening with a fireworks show in Piazza Duomo. On February 4 is the most exciting day because it marks the first meeting of the city with the Patron Saint. Already in the early hours of dawn the streets are populated by "citizens". They are devotees who wear the traditional "bag" (a long white gown votive canvas ankle and narrow at the waist with a cord), a black velvet cap, white gloves and a handkerchief waving too white ironed thick folds.