The Festival of Saint Agatha is one of the most important and traditional religious festivities in Catania and is dedicated to Saint Agatha, the patron saint of the city. It takes place every year from 3 to 5 February, commemorating the martyrdom of the Saint, and begins with a fireworks display that lights up the night sky of Catania.
The central moment of the festival is the solemn procession of the statue of Saint Agatha through the streets of the city. The statue, made of silver, is carried in procession on a heavy golden coffin pulled by hundreds of devotees.
Catania is decorated with lights and candles for the festivity, creating a breathtaking night-time spectacle. The main streets are adorned with elaborate light installations.
During the festivity, the city is pervaded by a strong sense of religious devotion. The procession is an extraordinary event involving thousands of believers and tourists. Many people participate in masses, processions and prayers in honour of Saint Agatha.
The Catania cuisine offers traditional dishes prepared especially for the feast, such as the ‘minestra di Sant’Agata,’ a soup made of wheat and ricotta cheese, and the minnuzzi di Sant’agata, stuffed with ricotta cheese.
The Festival of Saint Agatha is an event that involves the entire Catanese community and attracts visitors from all over the world. It is an occasion to celebrate religious faith, Sicilian culture and civic pride.