FEAST OF SAN VITO - Il Mare Dentro

FEAST OF SAN VITO

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15 Jun 2021

The feast of Saint Vito the Martyr, the patron saint of San Vito Lo Capo is above all an expression of the devotion of the town's seafarers. From the afternoon of June 15, celebrations begin with the ancient game called "Antenna al mare" (Antenna in the Sea), during which young people challenge each other to walk a ten metre long beam, made slippery by soap, trying to reach the end and, thus, win. However, the most important moment of the festival is the landing of the Saints on the beach: Vito as a child, his nurse Crescenzia and the Maestro Modesto arrive from the sea on a small boat, and are welcomed by all the other boats waiting in the harbour. The procession begins from the beach with the devotees accompanying the Saints to the Sanctuary dedicated to the patron saint. Here, the statue of San Vito, which is kept here, is covered with insignia and then carried by devotees on their shoulders through the streets of the town.


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