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Cacio e Vino
80 2nd Avenue
New York, NY 10003
Join Experience Sicily in New York City to celebrate the Feast of Santa Lucia on December 10th.
The afternoon includes a short concert of Sicilian folk songs and folk music presented by the duo Villa Palagonia.
About the Feast of Santa Lucia
In the days leading up to the Feast of Santa Lucia, December 13th, many Sicilians refrain from eating pasta and only eat un-ground wheat grain, or "farro," that is prepared as a dish called cuccìa. Devotees observe this ritual to remember the severe famine that struck Siracusa and Palermo in 1646.
During that time of Spanish domination, the faithful prayed to their patron saint, Lucia, seeking relief. Finally in May during a mass, a squawking quail flew into the duomo in Ortigia (NB, the name "Ortigia" comes from the Ancient Greek word "ortyx," which means quail.). At the same moment, a messenger entered the church announcing that ships had arrived carrying wheat grain. All hailed it a miracle, attributing the relief to Santa Lucia having answered their prayers.
Now, annually for her feast day in December devotees process her precious silver statue through the streets and only eat cuccìa and arancine as homage to the patron saint of eyes, sight, light, and wheat.