Easter in Sicilian tradition

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San Biagio Platani, The Easter arches and the Holy Week rites. San Biagio Platani, The Easter arches and the Holy Week rites. Sicilian mama - icence cc-by-2.0.- wikimedia

Easter

is an event strongly felt in Sicily. The Good Friday procession is the most exciting time of Easter, lived between recollection and festive celebrations. The rites of Holy Week are the set of religious events held in different countries and cities of Sicily by the various parishes of the diocese and especially of the local brotherhoods. These ancient rites, of great tourist, want to represent the most significant moments of the Passion of Jesus Christ, described in the Gospels, since his arrest by the Romans to the Resurrection, and are part, along with the normal religious services, the Holy Week celebrations. 


These are in Sicily a complexity of content and symbolism due to the many influences, especially due to the Spanish culture, dominant from the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, and the theological themes of the Counter-Reformation religiosity. The different events are characterized by the wide variety taking in the various centers of the island, becoming a characteristic of the community, despite the social and cultural changes of modernity.

Holy Week in various locations

Agrigento Province.

  • Aragon, I Sampauluna, the tagano Sagra and the Holy Week rites.
  • Burgio, Holy Week in Burgio.
  • Casteltermini, Easter Arches and the Holy Week rites.
  • Favara, of the Passover lamb, and the Sagra of the Holy Week rites.
  • Ribera, The Three Statues and the Holy Week rites.
  • San Biagio Platani, The Easter arches and the Holy Week rites.

Caltanissetta Province

  • Butera, The Rites of Holy Week.
  • Caltanissetta, La Real Maestranza and the rites of Holy Week.
  • Delia, The redemption of Adam and the rites of Holy Week.
  • Mussomeli, Holy Week.
  • Riesi, Holy Week riesi.
  • San Cataldo, Trial of Jesus, Sampauluna and the rites of Holy Week.
  • Serradifalco, La Real Maestranza and the rites of Holy Week.
  • Sommatino, The Spartenza, the Scinnenza and the rites of Holy Week
  • Villalba, La scinnenza.

Catania Province

  • Adrano: Palm Sunday: Via Crucis. Holy Thursday: Solemn procession of the seventeenth-century statue of Christ at the Column ending in the early hours of Good Friday morning. Good Friday (morning) procession of Our Lady of Sorrows. Good Friday (evening) procession of the dead Christ. Easter Sunday: Easter Diavulazzi.
  • Biancavilla, The Rites of Holy Week. Holy Thursday: "I Cruciddi", visiting the traditional "Tomb" that preserve the SS. Sacrament. Good Friday: From dawn, the "Search" Addolorata, a long procession of seven hours of the waxen statue of Mary in search of the Son through the streets of the city, for the city's churches and places of pain. From dusk, the procession of the "Mysteries": an imposing procession of eight groups of statues that recall the moments of the Passion and death of Christ, accompanied by the respective shoulder ancient brotherhoods in traditional dress and the Relic of the Holy Cross. Holy Saturday: "A cascata da tila" Waterfall at the Church of the Annunziata, during the Easter Vigil. Easter Sunday: noon, '' A Paci ": the encounter and the kiss between the statues of the Risen Christ and Mary, in the presence of the dancing statue of the Archangel Gabriel.
  • Caltagirone, The Rites of Holy Week and the Saint Peter's procession
  • Licodia Euboea, Christ at the Column and the Rites of Holy Week
  • Palagonia, Christ at the Column and the Holy Week rites.
  • Riposto, The rites of Holy Week and the living representation of the "Passion of Christ"
  • San Gregorio di Catania, San Gregorio Magno.
  • Scordia, The Rites of Holy Week and the homage to St. Roch.
  • Vizzini, A cugnunta and the Holy Week rites.

Enna Province 

  • Aidone, Procession of Saints eI Rites of Holy Week.
  • Assoro, The Rites of Holy Week. The crucifix is carried in procession at various points on the edge where it happens the blessing of the countryside, doing progressively rotate the statue towards the four cardinal points. Barrafranca, Giunta Pasquale, U Trunu and the Holy Week rites.
  • Catenanuova, The Rites of Holy Week.
  • Enna, The hooded and the Holy Week rites.
  • Leonforte, The Rites of Holy Week.
  • Villarosa, The brotherhoods and the Holy Week rites.

 Messina province

  • Barcellona Pozzo di Gotto, The Varette and the Holy Week rites.
  • Castroreale, The Varette and the Procession of the "Christ Along" on Good Friday.
  • Forza d'Agro, dell'Alloro Festival.
  • Messina, Procession of Barette.
  • San Fratello, the Jews and the Holy Week rites. The "Feast of the Jews" is a manifestation of the very unusual Easter week, studied by many ethnologists. It is characterized by the presence of "Jews", groups of people who are running around the village playing trumpets, wearing colored uniforms and even disturbing the religious events, but without uttering a word. Impersonating happier and more boisterous demons that the executioners of Christ and its meaning the scholars have made various assumptions. Sciascia he saw a kind of social reversal in which you pretend to oppressed oppressors.
  • Sant'Angelo di Brolo, Suggestive procession of Our Lady of Sorrows with a candlelight vigil and meditation of the Stations of the Cross through the streets of the country.
  • Savoca, The Passion of the Christ.
  • Sinagra, The San Leone race.

Palermo Province

  • Caccamo, U Signuruzzu a cavaddu. 
  • Collesano, "a cerca" and the Holy Week rites.
  • Corleone, Good Friday and the Holy Week rites.
  • Gangi, Palm Sunday.
  • Gratteri, 'A Sulita and the Holy Week rites.
  • Misilmeri, The Easter meeting and the Holy Week rites.
  • Montelepre, Procession of the Mysteries.
  • Palermo, The Rites of Holy Week.
  • Petralia Sottana, U 'Ncuontru and the Holy Week rites.
  • Prizzi, The Dance of the Devils and the Holy Week rites. During the Easter procession, two "devils" and "death" are trying to hinder the meeting between the Virgin Mary and Jesus, risen and are driven away by the angels.
  • Termini Imerese, Good Friday.
  • Terrasini, schietti Festival.
  • Piana degli Albanesi, Contessa Entellina, Mezzojuso, Palazzo Adriano, Santa Cristina Gela, Palermo (the Church of the Martorana), Arbëreshe Easter and the rites of the Great and Holy Week according to the Byzantine rite of the Albanians of Sicily.

Ragusa Province

  • Comiso, A paci and the Holy Week rites.
  • Ispica, Procession of Christ at the Column and the Holy Week rites.
  • Modica, The Madonna vasa - Vasa and the Holy Week rites.
  • Ragusa, Holy Week in Ragusa and Ragusa Ibla.
  • Scicli, The Man live party and the Holy Week rites.
  • Vittoria, Christ at the Column and the Holy Week rites.

Siracusa Province

  • Augusta, The rites of Holy Week.
  • Canicattini Bagni, A to paci paci.
  • Cassaro, the brotherhood and the rites of Holy Week.
  • Ferla, A Sciaccariata and the rites of Holy Week.

Trapani Province

  • Alcamo, "lu Risuscitu e la vara di Maria Addolorata".
  • Buseto Palizzolo, Rites of Holy week.
  • Castelvetrano, Aurora Feast.
  • Erice, The procession of the Mysteries.
  • Marsala, via Crucis.
  • Trapani, Procession of the Mysteries and the Holy Week rites.

 

 

 

 

 

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