Summer Cefalù is rich in cultural events.
The most important celebrations take place August 2 to 6, in honor of the Holy Savior.
Devotion to the Most Holy Savior of the Norman town begins with the construction of the Cathedral by the Norman King Roger II, who designs and builds into the great event of the Gospel through the magnificent mosaic of Christ Pantocrator.
Among the many traditional events and entertainment highlights is the “‘ntinna a mari”
The event, popular among the fishermen, is a race that in its simplicity, captures the essence of the bonded sea-man. The race saw young and old fishermen reaching for the conquest of a colored flag attached to the tip of a long trunk, rendered slippery from grease.
Who can take the flag almost always points out the victory with the cry “Long live the Holy Saviour,” to which all the audience present makes the chorus (response.) There is not definite information on the historical origins of the race The first discussion of the topic goes back to 1783.
The hypothesis most consistent was the finding that the race was born from the will of the commanders of ancient sailing ships.
They created the event for the vigilant and active sailors, to occur, during periods of total calm, on the post of the bow of the boat.
According to tradition, may participate in only the sons of fishermen.