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Religious events, processions and themed events not to be missed in the villages during Easter 2018

Monday 19 march 2018

A selection of events with a religious background that lovers of the villages can not miss

Religious events, processions and themed events not to be missed in the villages during Easter 2018

Nowadays it is not long before Easter and the calendar of the villages is full of events, processions and themed appointments to celebrate Easter period between tradition and surprises. From the weekend of the palms to Easter Monday it will be a very rich period of events and here is our selection that villages lovers can not certainly lose. Do not miss the opportunity to spend some of the holy easter days in a village and let yourself be surprised by the colors, the solemnity, the typicality and the sympathy that only our jewels can offer.

The Procession of the Palms | 25-03-2018 in Bova (RC)
Particular sculptures with leaves and olive barrels, depicting women and are adorned with flowers and the firstfruits.
Sacred Representation de 'The Passion of the Christ' | 25-03-2018 in Oria (BR)
The Sacred Representation of historical and religious "The Passion of the Christ" originated in Oria around the 1930s. Today is organized and directed by the Association Group Human Promotion and è it has become an irreplaceable fixture, which is a prelude to the rites reminiscent of Holy Week. The dramatization retraces the salient phases of the Passion of Christ by’Entrance into Jerusalem, to the preparation of the Passover meal, up to the impressive scene of the Crucifixion and Resurrection and è divided into fifteen scenes. Particularly cared are the colors of the lights, sound effects, music, costumes, the scenery, the choreography and the dramatization, involving over two hundred characters without distinction of età. Both players that appearances are not professionals, are bensì chosen between the citizenship, in such a way as to have a large popular participation.
Palm Sunday | 25-03-2018 in Ribera (AG)
in all the churches of Ribera is carried out with the blessing of the twigs of olive and palm trees intertwined artistically and brought especially by children. Traditionally the palms and the twigs of olive benedetti are retained in homes as a sign of hope and prosperity.
Holy Thursday | 29-03-2018 in Caramanico Terme (PE)
During the Mass in Coena Domini, Parish priest washes the feet of twelve confreres of the Confraternity of the upstream of the dead, elected by drawing lots as disciples. In the wake of the parish priest, or privately, the faithful visit the churches, where are prepared the altars of repositioning, said graves, whose origin is traced back to the pagan rite of the gardens of Venus. During the night takes place the rite of tamurri: a group of men traverses the country playing a drum from the skin of an ass have forgotten it and a flute, a remembrance of the Virgin who seeks Jesus, while the soldiers come to stop it.
The Crocioni | 29-03-2018 in Castiglione di Garfagnana (LU)
Historical representation of Jesus' death.
Procession of the Crusades | 29-03-2018 in Castiglione di Garfagnana (LU)
from 20:00
Holy Thursday | 29-03-2018 in Ribera (AG)
The faithful are accustomed to carry out the tour of the graves, the visits to pay homage to the altars prepared in the various parishes riberesi.
Procession of dead Christ | 30-03-2018 in Atri (TE)
Procession of Christ | 30-03-2018 in Castroreale (ME)
Easter rites with the procession of the Christ along accompanied by the passion of the Wednesday and the Good Friday. The procession goes back to the sec. XVI
Good Friday Procession | 30-03-2018 in Tropea (VV)
Procession with the Varette in wood | 30-03-2018 in Bova (RC)
The Procession of the Dead Christ | 30-03-2018 in Sambuca di Sicilia (AG)
Followed by the wooden statue of Mary SS. Sorrowful
Good Friday Procession | 30-03-2018 in Buonconvento (SI)
On Friday evening, groups of people in costume will echo the passion and death of Jesus in a fascinating and particularly engaging atmosphere. The procession was established in 1726 after the country miraculously escaped the damage of a strong quake of earthquake. The procession also includes the heirs of the ancient Laicali Computers, well documented in the territory. For this occasion, the path where the representation of the inhabited center is displayed is richly enlightened.
Procession of the SS Crucifix | 30-03-2018 in Civita di Bagnoregio (VT)
Procession 'Du Segnù Mortu' | 30-03-2018 in Laigueglia (SV)
Procession of the Dead Christ | 30-03-2018 in Grottammare (AP) ...know more
This religious event consists of a representation of great suggestion, which takes place in Grottammare every three years on the day of the Holy Friday.
Feast of the Crucifix of Aracoeli | 30-03-2018 in San Marco d'Alunzio (ME)
During the feast there will be the Procession with Babbaluti Hooded.
The Meeting | 30-03-2018 in Rivello (PZ)
Solemn procession of Good Friday | 30-03-2018 in Bevagna (PG)
The way of the Cross | 30-03-2018 in Santa Fiora (GR)
Procession for the village of images of dead Jesus and the Sorrowful Madonna | 30-03-2018 in Polignano a Mare (BA)
Holy Friday | 30-03-2018 in Ribera (AG)
is commemorated the Passion and Crucifixion of Jesus through a procession that begins toward the hours 11 and that sees the participation of all the priests of the parish of Ribera, of the representatives of the institutions and of the authoritiesà that, together with many of the faithful, form the so called "conducted" which accompanies, the sound of the funeral marches tune music band, the urn containing the statue of the Dead Christ on Calvary, placed in the upper part to the north of the town, In proximity the cemetery. Here is carried out the crucifixion of Jesus and is celebrated a Mass in the open. The statue of the Dead Christ remains in the cross until late afternoon, when placed in the urn and together with the statue of Our Lady of Sorrows is accompanied to the shoulder by the faithful until the Mother Church, along all the main course of the city with a procession attended much call the descent of the Cruci (the descent from the Cross).
Traditional procession of the Holy Cross, with the confreres of Mercy | 30-03-2018 in San Gimignano (SI)
Madonna che Scappa (Our Lady's runaway) | 31-03-2018 in Ausonia (FR)
Durante la Messa del Sabato Santo, presso la Chiesa di San Michele Arcangelo, non appena il sacerdote intona il canto del Gloria (circa a mezzanotte) si spalanca il portone centrale della chiesa (si accendono le luci, visto che la prima parte della Messa è al buio) e dal fondo inizia la corsa di 5 “portatori” che sorreggono la statua della Madonna e si dirigono verso l’altare dove poi depongono la statua. Il rito tradizionale vuole rappresentare e consente la pubblica e viva partecipazione dei fedeli alla gioia di Maria che corre festosa verso il Figlio risorto. L’evento nella sua rappresentazione risulta essere molto emozionante e molti sono i fedeli che vengono anche da lontano. E’ difficile infatti restare indifferenti alla Madonna che, portata a braccia, sembra correre sulle teste delle persone che sono in piedi tra i banchi agitando il suo celeste manto. All’arrivo sull’altare scroscia spinto dal cuore un fragoroso applauso che libera la gioia della Resurrezione di Cristo. La leggenda vuole che vi siano impegnati bravi portatori poiché la caduta della statua è considerata di cattivo presagio per il paese.
A Cunfrunta | 01-04-2018 in Badolato (CZ)
Religious event in Badolato village.
Rite of Aurora - Easter Sunday | 01-04-2018 in Mazara del Vallo (TP)
During the morning of Easter Sunday, in Piazza della Repubblica takes place the rite of the Aurora: a religious rite that celebrates the Resurrection of Jesus. In the province of Trapani is celebrated only at Mazara and in Castelvetrano, introduced by the Discalced Carmelite Fathers not before 1667, the year in which settled in the city. In some towns of Sicily and Calabria is called addressed. Just before the nine hours, a Risen Christ, wrapped in a blanket of red and with a white flag, is conducted by the church of Santa Caterina, far below the entrance of Piazza della Repubblica, under the passage that combines the Cathedral and the Palazzo Vescovile. At the same time, a Madonna dressed in white and surrounded by a black cloak, preceded by twelve other confreres of the same company, is carried out at the other end of the piazza, on via XX Settembre. For a given sign, the Christ and the Madonna, which è removed the black mantle, are brought to the center of the piazza, and a short distance from one another, bowing three times. In the meantime, the statue of the Madonna that is hollow, are freed of white doves. Then begins the procession that bring againà the statues to the respective churches: in front of the confreres, subsequently the Christ and, more behind, the Madonna. Before 1864, the year in which it was abolished this custom, in the midst of the rite by the then via Maestranza, now via Garibaldi sbucava a man, the death of Easter, dressed with a lot of yellow canvas on which was painted a skeleton in black, with in hand a sickle and a basket. This passed between the crowd, and rescued children the Campanaro, a typical local sweet, and anything they hold in your hands with the tacit consent of parents. This character also passed in the shops of foodstuffs, taking always something. This rite is even mentioned by some ways to say common in city: Sarvatìllu pi on the morning of Easter (preserve for the morning of Easter), once used to indicate a garment out of use, becauseé during the rite of the Aurora is wearing accessories that you saw only on that anniversary; Ficiru the arora (have done the Aurora), it says to two people who are not seen for some time and which run the a meeting to another.
Solemn Easter Mass | 01-04-2018 in Santa Fiora (GR)
Lu 'ncontru | 01-04-2018 in Ribera (AG)
In the Sicilian language ncontru means "meeting" and specifically represents one between the Madonna and Jesus Risen on Easter Sunday. The event takes place mainly along the Corso Umberto I, the heart of the historical center riberese, that in the morning we start to fill with thousands of people flocked to enjoy the spectacle, taking assault sidewalks and balconies. While the musical band turns for the country and burst first barrels of fireworks begin to click and along the course the gonfalons (said li poles), wooden rods to cross, high and heavy, which support a canvas decorated with sacred images. Each banner represents a parish group or a local association and è supported by IPù people, behind which run the other belonging to the group to the cry of "Largo, deep!". The various gonfalons form a festive court and together with the musical band starts toward the Church of San Pellegrino, where is housed the statue of San Michele, which is picked up, carried shoulder and aggregated to the festive procession that continues in the Church of St John Bosco, where it aggregates even the statue of Jesusù Risen and are blown up the fireworks. Toward the 13.30, while the musical band performs funeral songs, the statue of Our Lady of Sorrows, covered by a black cloak, since it has not yet learned the news of the resurrection of the Son is brought into the southern part of Corso Umberto I, in front of the Church of the Rosary. The statues of the Risen Christ and of San Michele, together with gonfalons, are placed instead in front of the Villa Comunale, in the northern part of Corso Umberto I, very distant from the statue of the Madonna. To shoot a strong bang, from Corso Umberto I begin to descend toward the Madonna the first poles, bringing the news of the Resurrection. The Madonna however he does not believe in the announcement and remains covered by black veil. Then tap the statue of San Michele, get off the course and announce the news to the Madonna, through three solemn bows. After the simulacrum of San Michele rises up to met the course (at the junction with Corso Margherita) where meanwhile è was placed the statue of the Risen Christ. When the Madonna learns definitively the news of the resurrection of the Son, explodes the feast and happinessà: the black veil is caused to fly via, burst fireworks (the so-called tapping) and the musical band intones the traditional gear of the Passover of Ribera, a melody Allegra and supported that has always characterized the manifestation. The Madonna is then brought to race from the Risen Son, accompanied by hundreds of people, arranged in groups of 7 to 10 people, that jumping and swaying, rise for the course. When the two simulacra are located opposite one another, are made to skip IPù times for air, as to represent a dance, then tap to Madonna bow three times before the Risen Son accompanied by music from the music band and applause rejoicing of the crowd. In the evening the three simulacra are carried in procession through the streets of the cityà, until you get back to Corso Umberto I, where it is again a reduced version of 'ncontru. The three simulacra are then repositioned in the respective Churches and the celebration concludes with the traditional fireworks.
Setmana Santa | from 27-03-2018 to 02-04-2018 in Alghero (SS)
It is the most important religious event in Alghero, the Easter celebration of Spanish origins. It sees the participation of almost all of the population. A statue of Christ takes you through the procession and follows a precise calendar for every day. On Tuesday there is the Procession of the Mysteries of Sorrow, on Thursday the Via Crucis, on Friday the rite of the Christ's descendant of the cross and its deposition in the cradle, on Saturday the Day of Eve and on Easter Sunday the Resurrection. Other important events are the procession of Our Lady of Valverde, the sea-laying for the Holy Christ of the Coral Coast and the commemorations associated with St. Francis, Anna, Cecilia and Barbara.
Feast of San Galgano in the Hermitage of Montesiepi | 02-04-2018 in Chiusdino (SI)
Holy Week | from 25-03-2018 to 02-04-2018 in Sorso (SS)
Celebrations. From the evening of Palm Sunday begins Holy Week with the procession of the Mysteries, you continue on the thursdayì with the Missa in Coena Domini and the ritual of the washing of the feet of Jesus to the apostles, then on the morning of Fridayì the procession that evokes the search for Jesus by the Madonna accompanied by the Pious Women he touches all the churches in the country via Santa Croce where Christ is brought to the parish of San Pantaleo for the Crucifixion (s'Incravamentu). The evening unwinds the rite of the deposition of Jesus (s the ischravamentu) with the procession through the streets of the country which bears the dead Christ up to the church of Santa Croce where occurs the burial. On the occasion of these rites the "Singers of the Archconfraternity" perform traditional songs of the Stabat Mater and the Miserere"". The celebrations end on the morning of Easter with the ceremony de "S'Incontru" between Jesus that exits from Santa Croce and the Madonna that instead part from the Sanctuary of the Virgin Noli Me Tollere to meet precisely with the Son in the central piazza S.Agostino and continue in solemn procession to the Easter Mass celebrated in the parish.
Our Lady of Pompeii | 02-04-2018 in Atri (TE)
It is celebrated since 1899 in suburban Contrada della Cona. The procession takes place in the morning, after noon Mass (only procession that in Atri still takes place before the Vespro).
Holy Week | from 25-03-2018 to 02-04-2018 in Troia (FG)
ancient and evocative are the rites of Holy Week to Troy. From Holy Thursday to Easter Sunday, Troy lives a succession of events paraliturgiche whose origin dates back to the far 1702 at the behest of the bishop e.g. knights. On the evening of Holy Thursday the Confraternities of the Annunziata, the SS. Our Lady of Sorrows of SS. The sacrament and of St John of God, after the "Mass in Coena Domini", crossing in prayer the ancient historical center to reach the most important churches of the city. 10:00 Friday starting from the church of San Basilio Magno, 5 hooded men dressed with the sai Bianchi, barefoot and dragging large chains bound to the ankles, leave bringing on the shoulders heavy crosses. In this penitential procession, whose journey starts from San Basilio Magno along Via Roma and rises along the Corso Regina Margherita, the hooded come to pray before the Blessed Sacrament in some churches of the city. To 20:00 Friday has beginning from the square in front of the Cathedral the so-called "Procession of Mysteries", 5 groups wooden statuari whose original papier mâché eighteenth century are preserved in the Museum Diocesan Ecclesiastical. Every 25 years, on the occasion of the jubilee year, is carried in procession the Crocifisso del Frasa, dating back to 1709. On Easter Sunday at 18:00, the Procession of the Kiss. This ancient procession has perhaps originated from the tradition of Spanish religious or probably by the reports that have occurred during the transhumance with near Abruzzo. The statues of the Madonna and the Savior start respectively from the two churches opposite one to the beginning of the main course and the other at the end (San Domenico and San Francesco) to meet in the square in front of the Cathedral. They approach slowly and then retire twice. The third meeting, the statue of the Savior is made to bow at the feet of Our Lady for the final kiss, between the jubilation of the citizens and the sound of the band.
Rituals of the Holy Week | from 30-03-2018 to 02-04-2018 in Galtellì (NU)
Feast of Saint Francis of Paola | 02-04-2018 in Salemi (TP)
For this occasion, two types of sacred bread are made: the Stick and the Cucciddati.
Truc Game | from 27-03-2018 to 02-04-2018 in Cividale del Friuli (UD)
Ancient and traditional game that takes place in the squares of the village on Easter period.
Talami's Feast | 02-04-2018 in Orsogna (CH)
Holy Week | from 25-03-2018 to 02-04-2018 in Procida (NA)
Are very followed in the island the religious events linked to the period of Holy Week before Easter; very evocative, among these, the Procession of the Apostles of the Holy Thursday and the Procession of the Mysteries of the Holy Friday. The Procession of the "Apostles Hooded" è organised by the Archconfraternity of whites, founded in 1581 by Cardinal Innico d'Avalos d'Aragona. At the end of the celebration of the washing of the feet, the twelve "apostles" (with the garment of the confrere) incappucciano and with a cross on the shoulder and a crown of thorns on the head parade in procession through the streets of the island, preceded by "Centurion", and followed by the masters of ceremonies and other confreres. The culminating moment of the rites of the week is found in any case in the procession of the Mysteries of the morning of Fridayì holy, sometimes also referred to as the procession of the dead Christ. The origins of the rite risalirebbero at the end of the XVI century, organized by the Brotherhood of the Blues (founded in 1629 by the Jesuits) since the second half of the Seventeenth century, period from which it draws its main characters. Up to the half of the XVIII century was essentially a procession of flagellanti, transformed by then in a procession exclusively of mysteries, floats of religious character. The characterizing portion of the procession, in addition to the participation almost "total" of the population on the island, è also the presence next to the so-called "Mysteries fixed" used every year and from different churches on the island, also of mysteries "variable" or "furniture", prepared each year by individuals or associations artistic works of the island, brought to arms by young clothes of the classic role as 'confrere of Turchini" for a fixed path, from the most ancient village of Terra Murata up to the port of Marina Grande. Closes the procession with the statue of the Dead Christ by the sculptor Neapolitan Carmine Lantriceni. In the general silence, the sound of the trumpet and drum characterizes the passage of the procession.
The Mysteries
The Mysteries are allegorical floats of religious character handcrafted from year to year by Procidani, sometimes gathered in artistic schools dedicated. Generally consist of one or more wooden planks (said "bases") long up to 8 meters wide and about 2, on which are arranged the sculptural representations (or better, symbolic interpretations) of steps the Old or New Testament, and in particular of the Passion of Christ. The materials used are generally papier mache, wood, plastic, polystirene, and fabric; typical is the technique of the "mold" which allows to reproduce a three-dimensional object using the papier. Generally during the implementation (which Può last several months) the mysteries are kept hidden to the public, so that they can be seen for the first time directly during the Procession of Fridayì holy, and often immediately after, in the same day, are immediately removed or even destroyed. Rarely in recent times some of them are kept for some months to make them can be visited by tourists in the summer season. The embodiments are from the classic "Last Supper" up to constructions much moreù complex (both in the meaning that in embodiments). Often the "Mysteries" refer to the architectural and artistic styles of different eras, also thanks to the wide use of colonnades (higher than 4 meters).

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