As with many Catholic celebrations, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception is considered a holy day and honors the pure and sinless Mary, Mother of Christ, with attendance at mass and the placement of flowers at Mary's statues located around the city. There is an evening torchlight procession of fir and broomwood called the 'river of fire'. This tradition has its roots in pre-Christian days in the worship of light, originally honoring the Winter Solstice.
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In the beautiful island of Sicily, the city of Palermo resides facing the north western front of the Tyrrhenian Sea. With a rich cultural background, history and beautiful architecture, this charming city draws millions of tourists every year. The churches, palaces, museums and squares retain an old world charm and most of these sites reflect the rich history and heritage of this city. Apart from its scenic interiors, Palermo is known for the numerous dining spots spread across the city, that promise the finest gourmet pleasures.