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San Gandolfo Festival
The 7th Wednesday after Easter and the 3rd week end in September
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The Most Holy Crucifix
Starts May 1st
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La Sagra delle Nocciole (The Hazelnut Festival)
Always in August usually after the 15th, a moveable date

Lo Sfoglio
Late August

Santa Lucia
December 13


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Tiles in Sicily, full of colour and light

Posted by Suzanne Turrisi on 03 Jul 2020


  An Arab legacy of glazed colour Colourful, glazed and often intricately decorated with botanical images, curves and at times geometric form Sicilian majolica tiles are really dazzling.

Sicily has a long history of pottery making spanning thousands of years but the 'glazed polychromatic colours -particularly blues, greens and yellows' were introduced to Sicilian craftsmen by the Arabs (Insight Guides -Sicily 2013). This was probably early 9th century, at the beginning of  Sicily's period under Arab rule.

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Merry Christmas to all

Posted by Suzanne Turrisi on 24 Dec 2019

    Merry Christmas to all I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year!

And thank you all for following The Sicilian House blog.






The image posted is a part of the central panel of a 15th century Sicilian triptych painted by 'The Master of Alcamo'. This image was taken at Palazzo Abatellis, The Regional Art Gallery of Sicily, Via Alloro, Palermo, in September 2016.

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Marriage, Myth, the Pomegranate and the Sicilian Moor Head

Posted by Suzanne Turrisi on 03 Dec 2019



Two richly decorated Sicilian moor head vases, ( a couple in fact) created by Besnik Harizaj from the famous pottery town of Caltagirone and shipped to Australia for a wedding this spring, feature on this blog.

They are spectacular and the decorative ripe pomegranates and red chilli peppers are (as I found out) filled with serious meanings. Love, marriage, fertility and a young and the beautiful Greek Goddess, Persephone all surfaced when I started searching.

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Christmas Oranges

Posted by Suzanne Turrisi on 23 Dec 2017

  The beautiful orange decoration, below, is hanging on my tree in Australia this Christmas. It was a gift. Oven dried and studded with cloves, the maker told me, while they cook they fill your house with the smell of oranges.

And, memories of oranges or clementines from a Sicilian Christmas past linger and, in particular, a handmade wreath of December foliage from a garden at the foot of Mt Etna.

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