TRADITIONS AND POPULAR FESTIVALS
Polizzi is the place to enjoy many religious celebrations and
Worthy mentioning is the feast of the Holy Crucifix, (SS.Crocefisso), in May, with
its traditional “Cugghiuta di la Cira”, when members of the
religious society, accompanied by the band, collect votive wax candles through the
streets of town.
During the summer, the inhabitants celebrate also the “Sagra delle nocciole”, a very famous hazelnut festival, organized by the local
Pro-Loco Association. This popular celebration attracts people from all over the
island. In September, the whole town honors San Gandolfo, its patron saint, a Franciscan priest, who came to Polizzi,
in 1260, to serve the spiritual needs of the people. Many popular tales, collected by the
historian, Pitre’, have been republished by the Naftolia Cultural Association in a book entitled “Novelle polizzane”.