Ciminnesi celebrate ‘happy’ holiday tradition

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The tradition began two centuries ago, when a mid-December procession bearing the Madonna del Triunfu from Palermo to Ciminna arrived later than expected. “They were supposed to arrive at 6 p.m., but they didn’t make it into town until 1 a.m.,” explains Tony Napoli. “They had been eating and drinking along the way, so they were happy and dancing.” That same festive spirit will reign on the evening of Dec. 14, when Società SS. Crocifisso & San Giovanni Bosco di Ciminna hosts its annual Triunfu celebration with a Mass, procession and dinner at Casa Italia. (Frank Faraci, 847-909-5805)

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