THE TRADITIONAL PROCESSION OF THE INFANT JESUS
Over the centuries in Sicilian towns, associations have been created binding individual trade activities together into groups for mutual support at some religious events. For example, the Mysteries at Easter in Trapani, and, in Messina, the confraternities celebrating Christmas together with the traditional procession of the infant Jesus from the Church of San Francesco to the Immaculate. There are several performances that precede this event, partly because Christmas itself requires it and partly from tradition. Fireworks, ringing bells and zampogna bands marching through the streets all precede the faithful following the procession of the infant Jesus. The same confraternities are involved in feeding the participants with hot chocolate.