Recorded for the first time in 1677, the Celebration of Gesù Nazareno takes place every year on the second Sunday of June, and it’s one of the most ancient and popular Sicilian celebrations.
It is composed by various stages: “A costruzione du carru” and “a ‘mmurditura di l’assi e du timuni” start the main preparatives of the event, then there is “A maschiata”, where the bursting of firecrackers announces the itinerary of the cart.
“A vistuta di li vua” concerns the adornment of oxen with traditional velvet parameters, while on Saturday takes place “A cunnuciuta du carru”, where the marching band follow the “Carro Trionfale” (Triumphal Cart) composed by a boat-shaped base and a central tower facing the sky. The cart is towed by observant in honour of the Nazarene for a 380 meters route through Corso Francesco Crispi. The next day, on Sunday, the celebration of Gesù Nazareno ends with the arrival of the cart and the wonderful show of fireworks “I scherzo i fuaco”.