The Giglio Festival Not To Be Missed In Harlem

20130804-125757The origins of the Giglio Society of East Harlem trace their heritage back to the town of Brusciano, Italy approximately 20 miles outside of Naples.

The origins of the Giglio Society of East Harlem trace their heritage back to the town of Brusciano, Italy approximately 20 miles outside of Naples. – See more at: http://www.eastharlemgiglio.com/about-us/our-mission/#sthash.lilD7U3L.dpuf
The origins of the Giglio Society of East Harlem trace their heritage back to the town of Brusciano, Italy approximately 20 miles outside of Naples. – See more at: http://www.eastharlemgiglio.com/about-us/our-mission/#sthash.lilD7U3L.dpuf
The origins of the Giglio Society of East Harlem trace their heritage back to the town of Brusciano, Italy approximately 20 miles outside of Naples. – See more at: http://www.eastharlemgiglio.com/about-us/our-mission/#sthash.lilD7U3L.dpuf

Here an Annual Feast called the Dance of the Giglio takes place yearly in honor of Sant’ Antonio. The Feast originally began back in the 1880′s when Zi Cecca DeFalco prayed to Sant’ Antonio to help cure his deathly ill child.

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In exchange for this cure, Zi Cecca vowed to honor Sant’ Antonio in the same manner the town’s people of Nola Italy, a nearby town honor San Paolino di Nola, by constructing Gigli in honor of Sant’ Antonio and dancing them in the streets of Brusciano.

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Zi Cecca’s prayers were answered and the dancing of the Giglio in Brusciano was born.

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It continues today where 6 Gigli are built and danced on the shoulders of hundreds of men yearly during the month of August. http://www.eastharlemgiglio.com/

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The Giglio Society of East Harlem is a devoted group of individuals who have dedicated their lives to honor Sant’ Antonio. Their love and devotion is on display each year during the Annual Italian Festival held in East Harlem, New York. They honor their Patron saint in very much the same fashion as their ancestry did and still do annually today in Brusciano by building a Giglio and dancing it in the streets of Manhattan, N.Y. – See more at: http://www.eastharlemgiglio.com/#sthash.4g2CCtsv.dpuf

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