In case you were wondering how they remove the wax drippings from the massive candles carted through the city for the Festa di Sant’Agata. A day after festivities ended, sanitation workers were out in full force to de-slippery-ify the city streets. Blow torches, saw dust, and charming witches’ broomsticks.
(Actually, those brooms look like they’re made with sustainably made materials, so, good on ya, Catania!)
Janet here, in Catania, Italy. Last week I was coming home from a nice visit to Siracusa and I got stuck in the Sant’Agata crowd. Sant’Agata is Catania’s patron saint, and her Saint’s Day, February 5, is the most celebrated day of the year here in Catania. As you can see, devotees wear white robes, black caps, carry candles, and cart the Saint’s effigy and relics through the streets. Hundreds of thousands more turn out to watch them pass by.