Four Day Festival In Sorrento To Honor Saint Anna
Santa Anna Sorrento Lingue shared with me the festival that celebrates their patron saint and the entire town of Sorrento will celebrate.
From Olga Stinga with SALA
“On July 26th Italians celebrate the Festivity of Sant’Anna (the Saint to whom our Institute is dedicated and that we take the name). The celebration for this saint will last 4 days, until Monday when there will be a huge festival in Marina Grande (the fishing village of Sorrento) and fireworks.
There is also a special event organized in the church: at 7 pm on the 26th of July the priest will bless some handkerchief’s with holy water and he distributes them to all the pregnant women attending the celebration. It is a way to ask for the protection of this saint. Again, our Institute is dedicated to Sant’Anna, the imother of Maria (the mother of Jesus).
Isn’t this an event you would like to attend? There are other wonderful festivals that you can experience while attending a class at SALA.
Be sure to see their class list at http://sorrentolingue.com
The following information was taken from an article written by Antonino Fiorentino.
|Festive lights and booths line the shore line|
More significant is the feast of St. Anna, in the Marina Grande, which is an expression of tradition and seafaring community that lives by the sea of Sorrento and the sea. In the almost two hundred years of life has always maintained its aspects that distinguish it and that almost merge together: that of religion, and -competitive sport.
The religious event is marked by the Novena, the procession with the statue of St. Anna.
The folklore is the presence of numerous stalls selling watermelons, lupins, coconut, nougat and various sweets, with lights that illuminate the town and the spectacle of fireworks at sea.
The last aspect, the competitive-sport, is represented by the popular games in which participants give their best to do well in the eyes of thousands of spectators who enjoy these great and friendly service to edge of the typical Sorrento fishing boats. In various games such as tug of war, the sack race, I’arcifamoso “soap pole” (grease pole) come to life not only the traces of a popular racing but also the roots of our own carefree adolescence during these games, and perhaps, something spontaneous, genuine, authentic life today seems to have lost.