Around Siracusa The Feast of Santa Lucia May 13, 2014

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Ths festival of Santa Lucia, St. Lucy. What a spectacle. Siracusa Sicily

Text From the web site Iralian Notebook, here is a description of the festival:

Carrying eyes around on a plate is not an everyday occurrence, but it happens twice a year in Syracuse, Sicily during the Festa of Santa Lucia, December 13 and May 13.

During theFesta, the statue of Santa Lucia is carried through the streets of Syracuse, no mean feat considering that the statue alone is made of 90 kilos of silver, and it stands on a huge base of carved silver – no wonder it takes 60 men to carry it. But back to those eyes on a plate.

Several versions of Lucia’s martyrdom are told, including having her eyes gouged out by Diocletian soldiers when she refused to renounce her Christian faith, or even tearing her own eyes out in a rather overly dramatic gesture of her dedication to Christ. Therefore, Santa Lucia is commonly depicted with the symbol of her eyes on a plate. Syracuse’s splendid statue of Lucia is no exception. Lucia’s right hand holds a plate, offering her eyes to God.

The name Lucia comes from the wordluce– light. She is theprotector of eyesight, the patron saint of Syracuse, of ophthalmologists and electricians, and of the blind.

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The heavy statue of Santa Lucia come out from the church.

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The crowd at the Festival of Santa Lucia has grown taking up the entire piazza.

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The statue is on its way.

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Santa Lucia is celebrated all over town.

Greg Speck 2016