A celebration of spring

Preparation of the little breads for Saint Joseph celebration.

Preparation of the little breads for Saint Joseph celebration.

Every year in Sicily, in March is the celebration of Saint Giuseppe (Saint Joseph), the most celebrated Saint of the island. Of archaic origin, the celebration marks the end of the winter and the beginning of the agronomic year. A celebration of abundance, in which local women assemble together creating unique small breads, representing several symbolic elements: a ladder, roosters, seeds and flowers, to be offered to the Saint in order to receive an abundant harvest. The breads are used to decorate the altar of the church in which the celebration will take place. After the blessing, they are distributed to the public that will keep them home until the next year’s celebration.

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