February 4, 2011

St. Agata: By Day

 Baby's first St. Agata Festa, Catania, Sicily

Camille and I headed into the city today, curious to see what would be happening on the morning of the second day of the St. Agata Festival. It wasn't nearly as crowded as the night time festivities will be tomorrow which made it a wonderful time for exploring with a five year old. We ate lunch at a sidewalk cafe and spent most of the morning people watching. Lots of families, balloon vendors, and a smattering of street performers. Devotees dressed in white with black caps and their red and green St. Agata medals....poor baby in the above pic wasn't so thrilled with the outfit. We were fortunate to get into the Duomo during a late morning Mass with a beautiful female vocalist. To complete the morning's adventure, we bought a candle and joined a small crowd at an outdoor shrine to St.Agata. It really was a very moving moment and I am glad to have shared it with Camille. Just like last year, I feel drawn to the energy and intense devotion of this festival and I am already looking forward to returning tomorrow night.

I am submitting this post to Photo Friday at Delicious Baby. If you haven't checked it out before, it's the perfect way to travel the world with the just the click of a button. It's also a fun place to show off your own travel pics. And speaking of taking pictures, I'd also encourage any of you with i-phones to head over to FuoriBorgo where Emily has a great guest post all about i-phoneography. I had never heard that term until today, but I have been a long time fan of Emily's i-phone photos and I am now itching to play around with all of those cool apps (poor Adam may not be able to find his phone much this weekend!).

11 comments:

Juniper said...

What a nice sounding day to have spent with Camille, I completely agree with you about being drawn in by the intensity and energy of feasts, we missed our local one this last summer and I felt like I had betrayed her (Mary of the Graces) and our local village. Can't wait to see your photos of the evening processions!

Dim Sum, Bagels, and Crawfish said...

I was actually going to suggest that you guys come this weekend for the festival...is it too late to hop on the ferry?

rosaria said...

I've arrived from NewsfromItaly, Linda's blog in Lazio. Glad to meet you and your unique perspective.

Nancy said...

Your posts are always such a treat. A window to a place very far from here.

Sonja said...

The baby photo is classic!! Just speaks volumes! Thanks for sharing!

Ren- Lady Of The Arts said...

That sounds like a lovely day- thanks for sharing your photos-

So glad you stopped by and entered the giveaway- isn't it great that it will ship all over the world!

Anna said...

Sounds like a great day. I agree, Baby does not look particularly impressed! Look forward to reading more.

Cami said...

Thanks for the GREAT link to iphonography! I'm going to be spending a lot on itunes this month.

Sarah V. said...

The photo of the baby is stunning. This post makes me want to hop on a plane. Thank you!

Emily said...

i'm so glad you liked the iphone post, lucia! i can't wait to see your iphone photos!!! :D

the festival sounds so amazing. i SO wish we had been able to get over to sicily while in europe.

Francesca said...

I remember you posting about this festival last year, I'd never heard of it! I too can't wait to play around with my iphone and finally know what I'm doing - thanks for the mention!