St. Agatha in Catania

St. Agatha in Catania

The feast of St. Agatha is the most important religious festival in Catania and one of the most visited in Italy. It is celebrated in honour of the patron saint of the town every year between the 3rd and 5th of February and on the 17th August. The first event commemorates the martyrdom of Catania’s saint, whilst the second date recalls the return to Catania of her remains, after they had been stolen and taken to Constantinople as war-booty and where they were kept for 86 years. On both occasions, tens of thousands of devout pilgrims come to Catania, together with visitors and tourists from all over Sicily. Since 2002, UNESCO has defined the feast of St. Agatha in Catania an “ethno-anthropological heritage of humanity” .