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the celebration of our dead, the sicilian version of halloween with sugary “pupi” and “martorana” fruit – from 31 october to 2 november

This event dates back to the tenth century and it is celebrated the 2nd of November even if the atmosphere starts warming up on the 31st of October. According to tradition, during the night between the 1st and the 2nd of November, dead people visited their living relatives to bring presents for their children. This is why nowadays parents must buy presents for their children and hide them so then the children can play a treasure hunt to find them. It is common practice to buy typical sweets such as "crozzi 'i mottu" (“dead bones”), dried fruit, the famous “martorana” fruit (made of marzipan, almonds and sugar) and the coloured sugary “pupi” (typical of the area of Trapani). Also, turnips and pumpkins are carved so that candles can placed inside and lit for the dead. In Erice people dress up as “dead” and bring presents from house to house in the early hours of the morning. It is an opportunity to learn more about Sicilian traditions and still enjoy the warm weather which is around 20 degrees at this time of the year.

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