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Sceuso: white mulberry in Sicilian culture

Sceuso: white mulberry in Sicilian culture

Once in the communities of Sicilian countryside - made by families of farmers, especially share coppers (mezzadri) - the central place where people gathered together and main houses were closed to each other around, was a kind of intimate square, where at the center, there was a white mulberry tree. Every year, people of those families - where children could easily achieved even a double digit number for each couple of parents - used to celebrate a special day connected to the tree: it was a catholic religious celebration still popular in Sicily today and called Ascensione (Ascension Day), celebrated 40 days after Easter (this year will be in one month time on thursday May 21st 2020, it is usually anticipated to the previous Sunday by nearly everyone). Interesting to know is the Sicilian word for mulberry: sceuso, a word with same etymological root for ascensione: the tree is in fact dedicated and connected to the festivity of #Ascension day, because a period of time 40 days after Easter roughly coincides with the period of time when the fruit of white #mulberry is mature and ready to be eaten. Imagine Sicily in the past, imagine those families of farmers gathering together around the white mulberry, eating the fruit as a gesture to celebrate #Ascensione, the Sceuso day: annually recurrent religious catholic event deeply permeated in that countryside culture of Sicily.
Today, those old white mulberry trees are still visible in the changed #Sicilian countryside, sometimes alone, because people abandoned the area and houses disappeared, or are just surrounded by ruins, or instead, new houses have been built around the white #Sceuso, the tree of #Ascension day.

Pictures taken during a #WineTour in #Alcamo countryside - #WesternSicily

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