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Saint Lucia Celebration

St. Lucia is the patron saint of the city of Syracuse. The feast is a Catholic celebrated holiday with roots that can be traced back to Sicily.

Siracusa Cathedral
Siracusa Cathedral – photo by Massimo Borchi/Atlantide Phototravel/Getty Images

December 13 is celebrated in many Italian towns with Saint Lucia Day, a full-on celebration honoring the patron saint of blindness. One of the biggest celebrations takes place in Sicily where the city of Siracusa holds a huge parade carrying the saint on a golden coffin to the Church of Saint Lucia, and on December 20 there is another parade to return her to the crypt. There are celebrations all week and thousands of pilgrims come to Siracusa, and the festivities end with a big fireworks display over the harbor.

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