Saturday, February 13, 2010

the aftermath


This morning, walking into Catania's historic center, we caught a whiff of burning wax and then came across a barricaded street where a group of city workers were busy cleaning up the wax that had accumulated on the streets--the final remnants of the three days of Saint Agata festivities. I had never really thought about the mess that must be created by all that dripping wax, let alone the necessity of removing it. A crowd had gathered to watch this team of workers and their systematic method of first breaking up large clumps of wax, then melting it down with hand held torches (more like catching it on fire), covering up the melted areas with what looked like piles of sand that absorbed the liquified wax and could be swept up off the streets. These men worked efficiently despite the constant chatter between them and with acquaintances walking by.

8 comments:

  1. I can relate to the aftermath as I just spent the better part of my afternoon making fire starters by liquifying candle stumps and mixing them with saw dust:) ... I scrolled down, and really enjoyed your photos of the celebration. I learned about santa agata from Lucia, it's kind of weird to learn about traditions of one's country from foreigners, and your photos are really wonderful. Thank you!

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  2. Hi Francesca, thanks for your comment and I am impressed with your afternoon activity...those fire starters must work really well! Glad you enjoyed learning about St. Agata. It really is an amazing festival here.

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