St. Joseph – Santa Croce Camerina

The celebration of St. Joseph dates to 1832, when long tables were prepared for what they called Cene, which even today the faithful offer the Saint out of devotion and for graces received. Bitter oranges and lemons were placed on a multi-coloured cloth and at the centre a small altar was set, on which a painting depicting the Sacred Family was put. An oil lamp (a lampa) was lit and placed in front, while at either side (u lauri) grain that had been left to sprout in the dark was placed.
The table was then laden with such characteristic local delicacies as cod, rice balls, asparagus omelettes, spinach and raisin pastizzi, biscuits and sweets like cubaita, torrone, scaurati, cicirieddi, mastazzola, mustata, fresh vegetables and fragrant flowers like freesias and balicu.

The most important thing on the table was St. Joseph bread, also known as pani pulitu, made in various symbolic shapes. In 2005, this bread became one of the Region of Sicily’s immaterial heritage items. The three saints are also offered the typical St Joseph pasta: a principissedda.