The Feast of San Vito (second half of August)
15 august 2021
to tuesday 31 august 2021
Mazara del Vallo,
A silver statue of the Saint is carried in procession during u fistinu, with sailors in traditional costume. Tradition is strongly felt by mazaresi is u fistinu of Santu Vitu, (the feast of San Vito), a celebration in honor of the patron saint of the city. These celebrations have their origin in the XVII century, when, on 23 August 1614, the jurors will decide to add to the Most Holy Savior, already the patron saint of the city, the fellow San Vito as patron. This decision was then approved on 8 September of the same year by the then bishop, Monsignor Marco La Cava. The celebrations, initially held within four days prior to 15 June, were subsequently moved between the penultimate and the last week of August. Traditionally the feast opens with the proclamation, a procession in seventeenth-century dresses that winds through the streets of the city, and carries out the stops to allow the herald of proclaiming the announcement. In the days following the announcement is the Historic Procession-ideal living pictures illustrating the story of San Vito and its modest educators and Crescenzia (Sts. Opens the procession on the figure of the ancient coat of arms of the city: a woman, with in hand a cup, in the act of feeding a snake (nutrit alios et spernit suos). Follow three allegorical floats which represent the virtuesù who, according to tradition, are attributed to the holy: faith, hope and strength. These were followed by the living pictures that evoke the life of the holy:
The first represents the family of Vito, with the Father lla and Vito itself, surrounded by the servants and handmaids;
The second represents the imperial court Roman Diocletian and daughter Valeria healed by the holy, that parade between the senators and the Roman governor Valeriano;
The third represents the communityà Christian; in Rome with the pope Marcellinus surrounded by seven deacons.
The fourth represents Vito to the età of martyrdom between modest and Crescenzia (Sts, and behind them the handmaids bearing palms, sign of martyrdom, the angels and the executioner.
Closes the procession the carriage with the silver statue of the Saint, towed by mazaresi fishermen in traditional costume. The festivities will conclude with the shipment of the statue on a vessel, the Blessing of the sea and the launch of a laurel wreath in water, in memory of the sailors mazaresi died at sea.
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