Dean Martin would have said: “It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas”.
Here we are, is almost Christmas and apart from the mild weather, Catania is ready to embrace the festive season.
Traditionally the Holiday Season starts with the Immaculate Conception and its typical celebrations within the Sanctuary of San Francesco d'Assisi all'Immacolata where the artistic eighteenth-century statue of the Holy Immaculate Mary is kept.
The lights of the traditional Christmas Tree located in the University Square have been turned on and this year, in spite of the economic crisis just voted by the city council, it has been joined by a second tree in Stesicoro Square, close to the entrance of the famous Roman Amphitheater. This tree was donated by the neighborhood shops, together with the cultural association “Le Pulci di Città” which thanks to a fundraising campaign sponsored this second Tree. Similar initiatives have been launched in different parts of the city, which is being lightened thanks to the work of its citizens.