The special packages dedicated to the "Local Events" are intended for those who wish to discover the area through the local traditions spending a pleasant stay at preferred conditions and exclusive services.
During of the celebrations of St. Joseph in Santa Croce Camerina and Scicli, Donnafugata Golf Resort & Spa offers a package for Guests who wish to participate in a series of events related to local traditions. The package is valid for a stay between the 13rd and 20th of March 2017.
The celebration of St. Joseph dates back to 1832 with the preparation of large tables, the so-called "Cene” (Dinners), offered to the Patron in sign of devotion or grace received.
The celebration: "Cene" and procession
The main events are the traditional descente of the simulacrum and the visit to the "Cene" at faithful home, in the town historic center, and the Holy Mass made by the Bishop. At the end of the celebration, the simulacrum will be back to his holy room.
During the celebration of St. Joseph, the traditional folkloric appointment with the historical "Cavalcade of St. Joseph": the richly dressed-up horses parade throuh the town center. Festivals and gastronomy, exhibitions and the traditional sweet of St. Joseph.
The celebration: fires and parade
In the past fires had a very important role during the celebration. Families came together around the fire to eat while waiting for the passage of the procession with the horses. Even the horsemen were carrying torches, the "Ciaccare" (still in use but turned off). The fire of bonfires and "Ciaccare" was light to the passage of the Holy Family as symbol of life that reborn on spring. Today it is not possible anymore to light bonfires, some neighborhoods are able to preserve tradition, in other citizens are equipped with braziers and barbecues.
Below the benefits included in the package:
*The voucher is personal and valid for a visit and tasting at one of the following company (transfer service not included):
Reservation with our Booking Office is required before arrival. The tasting, in case of big groups, chould be organized at Donnafugata Golf Resort & Spa.
Rates for 2 nights for double room or double with twin beds: