Founded in 1934, this longstanding tradition is repeated every year at the beginning of February and lasts for a week; this year, it runs from March 3 to 11.
During this time, the Sicilian countryside is peppered with delicate pink-white almond blossoms, and Agrigento’s famous Valley of the Temples - housing five ancient temples of World Heritage status - offers a spectacular panorama.
Known in Italian as the Sagra del Mandorlo in Fiore, the festival celebrates the coming of spring and the return of life, represented by the blossoming of the almond trees.
Across the week, traditional Sicilian sweets made with almonds and almond paste are devoured, while balconies are decorated with flowers.
The festivities begin with a walk at sunset in the Valley of the Temples and continue with the lighting of the torch of friendship in front of the Temple of Concord.
The most important event of the festival occurs at the end, when folk groups parade with Sicilian carts and musical bands from the city centre to the Valley of the Temples.
In true Italian style, the parade culminates in a compelling firework show.
Every year, new events are added to the festival and nowadays, it runs in conjunction with the International Folklore Festival - with music, singing, parades, puppet shows, and open-air performances - and the Children of the World Festival.
Another highlight of the festival is the “Miss Spring” competition, in which the title is awarded to the most beautiful girl.
Throughout the week-long celebrations, there are also exhibitions and almond tastings in order to advertise the iconic Sicilian product.