LU TUPPI TUPPI
The origins of this performance date back to 1890, when the Flight to Egypt of the Holy Family was re-enacted. An event of the Feast of San Giuseppe, on 19 March and on the second Sunday of August, Lu Tuppi Tuppi – the onomatopoeic translation in Sicilian dialect of "knock-knock", is a sacred scene performed by local actors who interpret Saint Joseph, the Virgin, baby Jesus and the Angel. The Holy Family, warned by the Angel, knocks on the doors of various inns looking for shelter and help, on the run from Herod’s order to kill all babies (all the sons of the Jewish slaves). Before the innkeepers’ fear, only one benefactor welcomes them: it is the family chosen to prepare the "La Tavula Sbampata", a large table full of bread, sweets, local specialties, and off-season fruits that the citizens have set aside for the occasion.