Madonna Addolorata, Vernole, Lecce, Apulia, Italy, Acaya district
One first Friday in March long ago ("over a hundred years
ago") a ship was wrecked in the Adriatic off southern Italy. After
praying to the Sorrowful Madonna, some survivors made it through the
marshes to the village of Acaya, now in the commune of Vernole, where they
held a thanksgiving celebration. Ever since, people in this area break the
solemnity of Lent, symbolized by the liturgical color purple, with a festa on this day in honor of the Madonna
Addolorata, renamed the Matonna te li Pampasciuni after the small
purple onions (lampasciuni) native to the area that are featured in
dishes served during the feast.
|Confraternita del Pampascione Salentino, "Acaya,"
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