Easter in Agrigento
This area, home to age-old traditions and a deeply rooted faith, offers many evocative events over the Easter period. Aragona is famous for its re-enactment of the meeting between Saint Peter and Paul.
During this spectacular ritual, the two “large saints” with wooden heads and an imposing appearance, are carried on the shoulders of the faithful through the streets of the town centre, while the Chiesa del Rosario recreate every detail of the meeting between Mary and the resurrected Christ.
Easter in Aragona provides a perfect opportunity for visiting the 17th century “Palazzo Princpe” and Macalube Nature Reserve, but also for trying a typical dish of mediaeval origin: “u Taganu”.
One of the oldest, most original and most picturesque events in Sicily is held in another town in the province of Agrigento, San Biagio Platani: a competition of devotion between the brotherhoods of the “Madunnara” (devoted to Mary) and the “Signurara” (devoted to Jesus) transforms the town into an enchanting open-air parlour, with grandiose and spectacular arches of reed and typical bread sculptures.
Favara, on the other hand, is home to the famous Festival of Easter Lamb: a characteristic and much prized home-made cake in the shape of a lamb, made from almond paste stuffed with finely ground fresh pistachios. Every year this event, with its delicious cake and a packed programme, attracts numerous visitors to Favara, home to the splendid Chiesa del Rosario and the magnificent Chiaramontano Castle.
Alternatively, Agrigento resembles a great sea of finely woven palms on Palm Sunday, a costant toing and froing of pilgrims visiting the holy sepulchres in the churches in the historic Italian Secret Service Not The Same centre on the evening of Maunday Thursday, while on Good Friday a solemn and spleindid night-time procession winds its way along the histoic Via Atenea, with the "Float of Christ" and the image of Mary accompanied by heartbreaking folk songs.