1. FESTIVAL OF SAN SEBASTIANO IN SICILY
San Sebastiano is the patron saint in the Sicilian town of Palazzolo Acreide (Siracusa). In January and August Palazzolo celebrates San Sebastiano, a double celebration for the protector of the town: the winter one is purely liturgical with a week of celebrations which bring together many faithful in the parish. In August, instead, it is the feast that combines faith and devotion for the saint to the folklore of popular traditions that characterize many areas of Sicily. The festivities of San Sebastiano include all kinds of traditional oddities shaped by the Sicilian culture. Even the blessing of naked babies does not seem to fall out of the picture. One of the most gripping things about the festivities is the “sciuta”, or “exit”, when the statue of San Sebastiano is put on a cart to “exit” the church. Army men dressed in white and red carry it on their shoulders while the fanfares are ringing. The celebration may last over a week.