Travel and Culture in Sicily
During the Holy Week many statues that represent Christ’s Passion are taken in procession. The procession of Good Friday is particularly important, when the statues of Dead Christ and of Our Lady of Sorrows pass by in the lanes of Ibla.
ST GEORGE’S FEAST-DAY
St George is celebrated in Ragusa Ibla on the last Sunday of May. The feast of Ragusa Ibla’s patron saint is very loved by its inhabitants and it lasts three days (from Friday to Sunday). It is characterized by a procession that goes along the characteristic streets of Ibla with the "Santa Cassa" (the Holy Chest), followed by the statue of the saint who is represented by horse, dressed as a soldier, while he is killing a dragon with a sword. The procession is followed by the music band and then by the believers. The bearers make the statue of the saint dance with music and, every now and then, they throw it up and then they immediately catch it again. Before the saint goes into the church, the procession stops in front of the stairs to watch the traditional fireworks.
MARY SS. OF PORTOSALVO FEAST
It is a religious feast that takes place in Marina di Ragusa on 15th August; the statue of the Madonna is taken aboard a fishing boat, taken in procession on the sea and followed by the believers by boat. The fireworks conclude the celebrations
ST JOHN’S FEAST
The feast of St John the Baptist, the town’s patron saint, is celebrated on 29th August, but celebrations start on 27th August. This feast centres on the religious aspect and on the great reverence of thousands of believers who participate in a very long procession along the town’s streets (some of them are barefoot), while accompaning the statue of the saint. As it happens for st George’s feast, before the Saint enters the church, the procession stops in front of the stairs to watch the traditional fireworks.
IBLA GRAND PRIZE
It is an international musical competition that is held in Ragusa Ibla in the last week of June and in the first one of July, that is organized in favour of composers, pianists, opera singers, Italian anf foreign instrumentalists. It takes place outdoors and also in special premises, where it is possible to be present at the concerts.
In Ragusa, Ragusa Ibla and Marina di Ragusa the Ibla summer is animated by shows with ballets, theatre comedies and concerts open to the public in the period between July and September.
FAREWELL TO SUMMER
On the second Sunday of September they give a farewell feast to summer in Marina di Ragusa, where you can watch various recreative events as music shows, vintage car parades, exhibitions (antiques, photographs, etc.) and you can taste the typical menus of Ragusa cooking. The feast starts on Saturday and ends on Sunday evening, with a firework competition on the sea.
In Ragusa Ibla they organize a celebration, that is famous by now, that lasts three days and HAS met with outstanding success. The celebration consists in non stop shows of buskers, who come from different countries of the world. The artists perform in the lanes, on the stairs and in the streets’corners, by giving proof of their skill. The real masters of the celebration are: acrobats, clowns, spitfire jugglers, and comedians.
IBLA JAZZ FESTIVAL
In Ragusa Ibla in October at the Falcone-Borsellino hall a celebration is held with jazz players coming from various countries of the world that lasts for about one week.
INTERNATIONAL ORGAN FESTIVAL
In the period between November and December they organize an organ music celebration that has got the aim to advertise and enhance the organ patrimony of Ragusa. In fact the concerts are held by famous Italian and foreign organists who are often accompanied by opera singers who perform in the most important Baroque churches of ragusa (St John’s, St George’s, St Maria delle Scale, etc.).
In May you can revive the town’s medieval atmosphere for three days, thanks to shows and performances by buskers.
By Ibla Italian Language School, Ragusa