Topics: Dating before marriage / Courtship dating?
Yesterday and Today
Engagements and Courtship
Older Men and Younger Women
Foreign Spouses in Sicily
Mamma and Wifey
Christianity was firmly established in Sicily by the fifth century. The early Church was Byzantine (Orthodox), and much of its tradition is preserved in the Eastern Rite parishes of Sicily's Albanian communities. As recently as the thirteenth century, many of Sicily's ecclesiastical traditions were Eastern, though the Western Church of Rome was gradually evolving into a distinct entity, making inroads in Sicily since the Norman dominion.
In successive centuries, there evolved in Sicily a form of nuptial ritual heavily influenced by the newer Latin customs and rural folk traditions. By the eighteenth century, most of the aristocracy had migrated to larger cities, particularly Palermo and Catania, and began to develop its own ceremony and protocol influenced by the practices of the Neapolitan (and Spanish) nobility, but aristocratic weddings were remarkably similar to folk weddings in many respects.