Every year on the 4th of February, the procession of St Aghata devotees passes in a district close to Catania’s harbour. The occasion for an interesting mix of authentic devotion and even authentic mundanity.
Everyone waiting in its own style for the patroness reliquary to pass by.
The jewels of the reliquary have the most various origins, from a crown given by Richard the Lionheart to Vincenzo Bellini’s collar of the Legion of Honor (which he received from the French Republic) :)
More photos of this festival can be seen on my site http://www.elianedisint.eu