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This month in Sicily

2017, March 18-19 - Feast of St. Joseph - Poggioreale TP

It's since the eighteenth century that in Poggioreale (TP), and in other centers of the Belice valley, they celebrate the festivities in honor of St. Joseph. For the occasion, on 18 and 19 March the entire population is mobilized to witness the profound devotion to the saint. Element that characterizes the festival are the "Squartucciati" that for many years are made to adorn and beautify "Artari of St. Joseph". They are stuffed pasta leaves filled with shredded figs. Handmade, the Squartucciati take on different forms, all linked to the religious symbols.

As per tradition, each year the highlight of the festivities is given by the creation of "Artari of St. Joseph". The Artari (altars) are made as a sign of devotion to the saint and as thanks for a grace received.

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