Piana degli Albanesi, located in a mountainous valley south of Palermo, was founded by Albanian refugees from the Balkans in the 15th Century. Their traditions are kept alive through language, religion, and customs. Street signs are in both Italian and Albanian. These traditions were evident on Easter Sunday, when townspeople donned traditional Albanian costumes. The rich blue skies illuminated the intricately embroidered costumes, only worn on special occasions. After the religious service, a procession up the main street led to the square, where red eggs are distributed, symbolizing Christ's resurrection.
I took this photo before the procession as their parents gathered them to capture the moment. Piana degli Albanesi makes for a wonderful stop when visiting the Palermo area especially during the Easter season.