week in Sicily is a time of
evocative festivals and parades that recall the death of Christ.
The via crucis processions take place all over the region with the
crowds who accompanied Jesus through his last tragic hours.
of the most famous procession is in Trapani and
is called “I misteri” it is a parade
of a group of sculpted religious statues from 17th century and 18th
century in a procession in the historical centre lasting for more
then 16 hours from Good Friday to Holy Saturday. After this intense
and for same aspects fascinating night, on Good Saturday, at about
1 p.m., I Misteri (the Mysteries) are carried back to the Church
of the Purgatory (P.zzetta Purgatorio, church builded in 1688).
What makes this religious procession unique is the tension and the
passion of each participant.
interesting procession is In Modica. On Easter
morning, the statues of the resurrected Christ and Virgin Mary are
taken outside the church , this procession in Sicilian dialect is
called "A Maronna Vasa Vasa" (Madonna
that finds her son).
Early Sunday morning the statue of Christ is brought out of the
church Santa Maria and a procession carries him through the city.
The Madonna is brought out half an hour later looking for the Christ.
So, there will be 2 different processions through the main streets
of the historical centre where the statues will “search”
for each other. At noon the two statues will meet in the square
in front of the church. The finale is very exciting, the black mantle
slips off the Virgin shoulders revealing a blue mantle, the crowd
cheers as the Madonna kisses her son. This is the sign that Easter
of the Devils. (Il Ballo dei Diavoli) A religious drama
held in the main town square of Prizzi that is
a small village situated in Sicily inland, not far from the famous
Corleone. (Piazza Umberto I) The Dance of the Devils is performed
by villagers wearing large and terrifying iron masks and pretend
to be devils dancing through the streets collecting the souls of
of the Schietti in Terrasini (Palermo)
It consists that the unmarried men demonstrate their strength to
the local girls raising an orange tree with only one arm ( the tree
weights about 50 kilos)
Piana degli Albanesi (Palermo) The Easter celebrations
in Piana degli Albanesi, (Albanian community) feature sacred music
and Greek-Orthodox rites held all over the town,. There are sacred
musical pieces performed on Good Friday narrating the passion and
death of Christ.
is also a folk representation in Adrano, little
village that lies near the foot of Mount Etna, (Catania) called
the Diavolata and Angelicata. It is a verbal battle
between five devils led by Lucifer and angel impersonated by a child.
Ofcourse it ends with the triumph of good over evil.
Good Friday in the main square of Pietraperzia,
Piazza del Carmine (Enna province) there is a big celebrations with
a spectacular procession by over 500 participants.
interesting event happens on Easter Sunday in Gangi
(in Palermo province) there are various rituals and processions
with an unusual competition between saints. Devotees of the Madonna
compete against those who venerate Jesus. The main event consists
of creating the best decorations in the Duomo square.