Itinerary of intangible cultures in the Iblei: faith and religious tradition from paganism to Christianity
Faith and religious traditions in the Iblei are mainly Christian but influenced by ancient pagan and Jewish rituals. The itinerary is an excursus of all those influences present in our area, which are still protagonists of the popular devotional piety nowadays and whose few Jewish and pagan architectural elements can be observed by visitors.
I30 Sub-itinerary 4 – Santa Croce Camerina “Festa di San Giuseppe”
Route Description: Once arrived at Piazza Vittorio Emanuele in Santa Croce, the itinerary starts from the church dedicated to San Giovanni Battista. We will visit the main square which will host the auction of products offered by the community and, at the stroke of noon, it will proceed to the “Dinners” blessing. After that, we will visit the dinners of some chosen families.
Table are prepared with simplicity and the main element is the Bread of San Giuseppe, also called “pani pulitu”, which has different and particular symbolic shapes and which became part of the intangible heritage of the Regional Government of Sicily with the decree n.8184 approved on November 4th, 2005.
In the afternoon, the San Giuseppe (statue) will be brought down to get the embrace of the crowd and the streets will be a blaze of lights, colours and sounds. After the long procession that will almost go through the whole village, the entry of the patron will be accompanied by spectacular fireworks.
Itinerary period: The last Saturday before March 19th (San Giuseppe Feast)