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General Louisiana New Orleans Religion Sicily Traditions

St. Expedite

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Expeditus, also known as Expedite, was said to have been a Roman centurion in Armenia who was martyred around April 303 in what is now Turkey, for converting to Christianity. Considered the patron saint of speedy cases, he is commemorated by the Catholic Church on 19 April. Source: Wikipedia

In this time of Coronavirus-caused financial stress, read Charles Marsala’s article about the origin of the Louisiana devotion to St. Expedite.



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Easter General Religion Traditions

Palm Sunday in Art

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Easter General Italy Religion Taranto Traditions

Taranto celebrates Good Friday

While Italy is under lockdown, Easter traditions are kept alive.

Click here to learn about the real traditional Good Friday celebration.

Forza Taranto: We will survive!
© Costantina Perrone



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Calabria Easter Italy Religion Traditions

Palm Sunday in Bova (Chòra tu Vùa in Greek)

Pupazze are decorated with flowers and fruits for the Palm Sunday Procession

Every year, the little town Bova-Chora in the Reggio Calabria area celebrates Palms Sunday with a special event, which is pretty much unknown in the rest of the region.

The tradition consists of bringing, during a procession, huge female statues sculptured with olive leaves to San Leo’s sanctuary, the main church in town.  

The farmers, who interlace olive leaves around a board of cane, are able to build female figures, the so-called “Pupazze”: once put together all the figures, which are different in size because they represent mothers and daughters, the Pupazze are decorated with flowers and enriched and bejeweled with fruits.  

The sculptures are brought outside the church where people get close to them in order to take the so-called “Steddhi” which are given out among the onlookers. 

Some people use to put a blessed “Steddha” up the tree of each farm which witnesses the holy relationship between man and universe.

Some others hang olive leaves on the bedroom walls; some others put them near their holy pictures and relatives’ photographs.

Some people use these blessed leaves to take away the evil eye. This moment is celebrated putting three grains of salt and four little small leaves as a cross on a burning embers. When the smoke begins to inebriate the house, people say a prayer. The blessing twigs keep their holy essence and so people burn them in the fire, to get rid of them.  

Previously published in the Italo/American magazine

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Campania Easter Italy Religion Traditions

Easter Week in Campania

Good Friday Procession in Procida
Good Friday Procession in Procida
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