Please join us at Eolo along with Experience Sicily
, Villa Palagonia
music duo, and Gelsomino Imports
, on Sunday, December 13th,
from 3pm to 6pm,
for a very special event honoring Santa Lucia (Saint Lucy), the patron saint of light, eyes, sight, and wheat.
We’ll enjoy live Sicilian folk music, unlimited traditional dishes, including cuccìa and arancine, and wine from the heart of Sicily crafted by Feudo Montoni, as well as a presentation about the cult of Santa Lucia.
Gelsomino Imports will have unique gift baskets filled with artisanal products from Sicily, so while you’re enjoying the feast, you can also purchase your holiday gifts.
Arancine di Riso
$75 per person includes unlimited food, wine, live music, and a discussion/presentation about the saint, as well as taxes, and gratuity.
The Feast of Santa Lucia
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, Lucia, seeking relief. Finally in May during a mass, a squawking quail flew into the duomo in Ortigia (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.
Although Santa Lucia lived and died in Siracusa, after a series of thefts and deals over the centuries, her body was divided up, and parts of it, known as relics, have been moved around Europe and the Mediterranean. A significant amount of them are under the auspices of the Church of San Geremia in Venice. Devotees of saints throughout the world consider such body parts the sacred link to their patron, and they venerate them fanatically. By fervent request, in recent years, the Church of San Geremia has agreed, every ten years, to return their relics of Santa Lucia to Siracusa for one week during her feast period. December 2014 marked the return of the relics, which were processed throughout the streets of Ortigia (Siracusa) along with the priceless silver statue of the saint. Needless to say, such an event is a big deal to devotees. Currently, there is discussion between the monsignor in Venice and the Archbishop of Siracusa to return the saint’s remains to the duomo in Ortigia permanently.