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The Feast of the Patron of Petralia Sottana San Calogero

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The Feast of the Patron of Petralia Sottana San Calogero

June 18, Petralia Sottana, is the festival of the patron saint San Calogero. Tradition has it that the feast will be preceded by the traditional "Sittina San Calo" celebrated early in the morning, from 17 to 18 of June, in the Basilica Mother overflowing with worshipers. The day of the feast, in a climate of great joy, the heavy "fercolo", is carried on the shoulders of strong men along the main streets of the town with the faithful who follow barefoot to vote. To precede the statue, there are jugglers of "U palu the San Calo", also called "the Stinnardu cu cianciani" did turn and twirl in the air by expert jugglers. The religious event is packed with a mixture of Christian and pagan traditions that have been handed down for years and that are rooted in the cultural heritage left by the cultures that have lived in the south.