It was a celebration unlike any other this weekend in one Brooklyn neighborhood. At the Shrine Church of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Williamsburg last week, the Feast of Giglio got underway.
The feast has taken place just about every year in Williamsburg, since 1903 – having been brought from Italy by Nolani immigrants. It traces its roots back to
the fifth century – and a celebration following the safe return of a bishop who had offered himself in exchange for young man taken prisoner by North African
pirates. The bishop was greeted by the people of his town, who were all carrying lilies – or, in Italian: giglis. That’s where the modern day celebration gets its
name. We were in Williamsburg this past Sunday for the Feast of the Giglio.
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