Origins of the “luminiane” tradition in Corleone
The legend of St. Leoluca
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Once a year, #Corleone lights up with fiery red. It is March 1st, the celebration of the Patron Saint, St. Leoluca.
Leone was born in Corleone around 815 into a rich and religious #family. When his parents died, he donated all his possessions and moved to a Brazilian #monastery in Agira, where he took the name of Luca (hence the full name Leoluca). He lived in different places and spent the last years of his life as abbot in the monastery of Vena Inferiore (near Vibo Valentia), where he died at the age of 100, after several days of fasting, #meditation and ecstatic abductions.
St. Leoluca is famous for his miracles. As it can be seen in a fresco in his church in Corleone, he resuscitated a horse; it is also told that he was bitten by a viper but the wound immediately healed under the incredulous eyes of the other monks.
According to a popular legend, during the harvesting of the firewood for the convent, Luca had collected a lot. He could not carry it all on its shoulders, so he divided it into two bundles. He took one, planning to go back later and take the other one but – to the great astonishment of his confreres – when he started walking, the second bundle followed him.
Every year, this last #miracle is celebrated with the “luminiane”. A few days before March 1st, teenagers and children collect pruning residues – mainly olives – and store them in every neighborhood. During the procession, when the sacred image passes, the firewood “ri a luminiana” is burnt, illuminating the sky and spreading around the acrid smell of its smoke.
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