Festival of San Giuseppe and its Tables
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18 March 2015 - 0:00


Festa San Giuseppe e Tavolate 2

In Leonforte in the middle of March, from the afternoon of the 18th and lasting all night long, is the “giranu l’artara”, which means that you can visit the votive tables festively laden with typical bread, seasonal fruits and sweets. Visitors are offered “carduna”, “sfingi”, wine, fava beans, and “pupidda” and are to be recited “raziuneddi” prayers in dialect depicting the life of Jesus.
The tables were designed to give refreshment to the poor and destitute. Today it has failed to fulfill this function, but is an opportunity to share and exchange acceptance with both locals and strangers. It is a moment of collective work: the entire neighborhood where families live life and the vote is mobilized to help to set up the altar, burying any tension that may have arisen between the neighbors.
In the sacred area, the saint is carried in procession accompanied by thousands of faithful, some barefoot, many holding large votive candles for those who have taken a vow.

 

  Click to listen highlighted text! In Leonforte in the middle of March, from the afternoon of the 18th and lasting all night long, is the “giranu l’artara”, which means that you can visit the votive tables festively laden with typical bread, seasonal fruits and sweets. Visitors are offered “carduna”, “sfingi”, wine, fava beans, and “pupidda” and are to be recited “raziuneddi” prayers in dialect depicting the life of Jesus. The tables were designed to give refreshment to the poor and destitute. Today it has failed to fulfill this function, but is an opportunity to share and exchange acceptance with both locals and strangers. It is a moment of collective work: the entire neighborhood where families live life and the vote is mobilized to help to set up the altar, burying any tension that may have arisen between the neighbors. In the sacred area, the saint is carried in procession accompanied by thousands of faithful, some barefoot, many holding large votive candles for those who have taken a vow.  

 

 


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