Candles for Saint Dominic and the dream of the world’s light

From July 30th to August 5th, 2017, the traditional Luminaria di San Domenico – a celebration dedicated to Saint Dominic – will be held in the convent of Santa Maria a Castro, in Vettica Maggiore, Praiano, on the Amalfi Coast.

The folk and religious tradition dates back to the early 17th century, when a community of Dominican friars from Naples settled in the area. According to legend, just before giving birth, Saint Dominic’s mother dreamed of a dog with a torch in his mouth, setting fire to the world. The image was interpreted as a sign her baby would spread the word of God – as he went on to do, founding the “Ordo fratrum praedicatorum”.

Fire and light have become the symbol of this event, and tens of thousands of candles will light up again this year – on terraces and windowsills, and along the streets of the small town, for five days of celebrations.

Photos via: ©www.vincenzodinuzzo.it, ©Gaetano Astarita

Candles for Saint Dominic and the dream of the world’s light

Praiano (Salerno)
+39 089 874557

WEEKLY POSTCARD

Most Read

After the slopes of the Dolomites, après-ski by LOOX

by Barbara Palladino LOOX is an après-ski hotspot, at the station at the foot of the Obereggen Latemar ski and trekking area in the Dolomites. It...

The wondrous Gothic, medieval frescoes of the Oratory of San Pellegrino

The Oratory of San Pellegrino is located in Bominaco, a hamlet not far from Caporciano, in the province of L'Aquila. It was probably commissioned...

LUMEN: a museum of photography, 2,275 meters up high

by Barbara Palladino On the top of the Kronplatz (or Plan de Corones), near Brunico (Bolzano) – an enchanted place that only the mountains could create...

Sicilian Moor heads: a legend of universal love

by Barbara Palladino “Moor heads” or “teste di moro” are colorful, ceramic vases that represent the face of a man and a woman, with a...