In the days leading up to the Feast of Santa Lucia, December 13, many Sicilians refrain from eating pasta and only eat un-ground wheat grain, or “farro,” that is prepared as a dish called cuccìa. Devotees observe this ritual to remember the severe famine that struck Siracusa and Palermo in 1646. During that time of Spanish domination, the faithful prayed to their patron saint, seeking relief. Finally in May during a mass, a squawking quail flew into the duomo in Ortigia (NB, the name “Ortigia” comes from the Ancient Greek word “ortyx,” which means quail.). At the same moment, a messenger entered the church announcing that ships had arrived carrying wheat grain. All hailed it a miracle, attributing the relief to Santa Lucia having answered their prayers. Now, annually for her feast day in December and also again in May, devotees process this precious silver statue, pictured, through the streets in homage to the patron saint of sight, eyes, light, and wheat.
Join Experience Sicily, Eolo Seasonal Sicilian Kitchen, and Gelsomino Imports in New York City to celebrate Santa Lucia on her feast day, December 13, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Price: $75/person includes unlimited food, wine, live music, and a discussion/presentation about the saint, as well as taxes, and gratuity.
Call Eolo Seasonal Sicilian Kitchen today at 646-225-6606 to reserve your spot for this special event!
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Oh, how I wish I could be in NYC for the celebration there! What an incredibly beautiful and unique statue, really exquisite. I love that in Sicily they don’t forget the past. We learn so much from history.