Leaving the church
Little Italy, San Francisco (Madonna del Lume Celebration 2009)
The Festa of La Madonna del Lume (The Mother of Light) is one of many traditional celebrations Italian immigrants brought to the United States. This particular Festa focuses on an ancient ritual for blessing of the fishing fleet. Its origins were in the little Sicilian fishing village of Porticello. It is a time for families and friends to come together in memorial, prayer, thanks and celebration.