Today, Italy celebrates St. Peter and St. Paul, founders of the Rome Holy See . Peter was crucified on the Vatican Hill upside down because he declared himself unworthy to die in the same manner as the Lord. His relics are now enshrined under the high altar of St. Peter’s Basilica. He is considered the first Pope of the Church.
The Saint Peter and Paul’s day is one of the greatest event on the Amalfi Coast. Many sea villages, such as Positano and Cetara, celebrate St. Peter as he was a fisherman called by Jesus to follow him. The Patron Saint Day goes on with folklore and ancient traditions, which are jealously guarded and repurposed year by year. The big party is in Laurito, in the church of San Pietro, near the border between Praiano and Cetara. The celebration also occurs at Colli di San Pietro in Piano di Sorrento.
The best show on the Amalfi coast is held in Cetara. The celebrations include the charming religious ceremony in the main streets of Cetara and, after midnight, the traditional fireworks display. A procession walks through the principal streets of the village that are decorated with illuminations and the statue of St. Peter lies on a platform shaped like a boat that is taken by the fishermen. Once reached the top of the village, the procession takes place on the sea. The statue of the saint is carried for three times on the shore, almost touching the sea water. At the end there is the spectacular run of the procession on the staircase of the church. After midnight, the Cetara Patron Day ends with a fireworks show.
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