In memory of the miracle of 1646
The Celebration of St. Lucia “re quagghie” (dialectical dialectical denomination for quail, doves) takes place on the first two Sundays of May to remind us of the miracle that occurred in May 1646 when famine was interrupted by the arrival at the Syracuse port of ships Loads of grain and other food. Legend has it that communicating to the people the arrival of the ships was a dove entering the Duomo. Here is why the quagghie are the symbol of such celebrations.
Friday May 4 will be the opening of the niche that contains the patron saint simulator, the next day, Saturday May 5, there will be the translation of the simulacrum from the chapel to the higher altar and Sunday May 6 will take place the solemn Eucharistic celebration in the Cathedral and At 12.00 there will be the exit of the simulacrum in the square and the traditional quail launch.
Eight days after this event, and then on Sunday May 13, the octave of the party takes place with a procession of devotees in the streets of Ortigia, in one of the most spectacular natural scenery of the City of Syracuse.