The square of Santa Maria la nuova, one of Scicli’s main churches, had been specially illuminated for the occasion
People start to flock quite early to be sure not to miss anything
Around midnight the waiting is getting getting more tense
beautifiul baroque architecture with special colours, seems Andy Warhol was there!
At midnight on eatern eave, the statue of the Goia is token out of the church accompanied by cries of the devotees “Jo, Jo Jo” for Gioa, or Joy. Beyond the christian festival, this is a strong image of the victory of light above obscurity of prechristian religions