A SHORT GUIDE TO SICILIAN CULTURE AND LIFESTYLE BY TRIPNMATE

A short Guide to Sicilian culture and lifestyle by Tripnmate

Sicily has been under the influence of foreign powers for a long era in history.
The separation from the Italian mainland has also created a separate mentality in the people, who see themselves as Sicilians first and Italians second. In Sicily, Family events such as first communions and weddings take on a significant importance, parental and family influences are strong and the mother is the center of it all. Just like in many Asian countries Sicilian children live with their parents into their adulthood, habitually until they marry. This is partly because it is hard to find a job that pays well enough to permit a young person to be more independent, the same phenomena which is being seen now in many European countries with current economic situation.

Religious events in Sicily are still celebrated with delight, . local festivals range from aristocratic to popular and from medieval to folk festivals, and are the best places to see many of the cultural styles of dress and transport which have mostly vanished from day 2 day life. Popular festivites highlights include the Palio dei Normanni in Piazza Armerina (12-14 Aug), Festino di Santa Rosalia (10-15 July), celebrating their patron saint, the Misteri of Trapani (Easter) and La Scala (24-25 July), illuminating the ceramic stairs of Caltagirone. At the “Ballu di li Diavuli” (Devil’s Dance) participants wearing devil masks and with goatskins over their shoulders make fun of bystanders, accompanied by the sound of bugles. holy icons are carried in a march and the devils try to stop the Virgin from reunion with her dead Son,however at the end, they are defeated by 2 angels(warriors).

The Sicilian Women– Even young mothers seem very dependent on their own mothers. The family bonds are something foreigners often cite as a virtue, but it can also be limiting Foreigners staying with Sicilian families may find them unusually defensive and protective – in itself an endearing quality. However, for those used to More freedom within their own family contexts, it can seem confining.

Legally, Sicilian women have the same rights as men but, socially, many also conform to traditional roles in society. For instance, Sicilian women are often reserved with men they don’t know, even in a business situation. Sexual harassment can be common in the workplace and young men will call out “ciao bella” to women they don’t know. Expect a lot of tooting and whistling. The huge mass of working Sicilian women are employed in lower-paying professions, such as secretaries and sales clerks. Few are real entrepreneurs, physicians or lawyers and they also get lower salaries than men for equivalent work.

Socialist influence – People in Sicily carry a socialist approach and as a traveler you may find office bearers very lazy towards the customer service .

Government – Sicily became a self-governing region in 1946 with Palermo as its capital. It has had its own parliament and president since 1947. This means Sicily has a wider range of economic and administrative powers than 18 National Parks Parco dello Zingaro (Stefan C) Parco dei Nebrodi other regions of Italy but it has limited legislative powers in such areas as tourism, transport, industry and the environment. But the real driving power behind Sicily’s political system since autonomy was granted has been the Mafia. Mafia influence in the national legislature has long been suspected, but never proven outright and any new authority’s willingness to curb it usually fades quickly.

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