Today Sinagra celebrates its Patron Saint Leone Bishop of Catania, born at Ravenna during medieval times. He was famous for his compassion and works of charity for the poor. But above all St Leo was a conqueror of false religions and idolatry.
In his sermon at Sinagra today, the Catholic Bishop of Patti Guglielmo Giombanco asked everyone to be like the Saint, to push away the material promises of this world and follow the path of humility, towards the light of God.
In an ancient celebration, St Leo’s statue was manoeuvred around the main church of St Michael the archangel and out into the streets of the small Nebrodi town.
With more than a hint of paganism, the festival at Sinagra is symbolic of the official beginning of Spring, and the sunshine is always on cue. Every year the locals and the town put on their best face for their beloved Patron Saint.
Everything is done with such precision, love and respect. I had to share it with everyone.
Come to Sicily, see these ancient traditions and you will be moved.
So much history, you can see the footsteps before your face.