Easter in Trapani, Caltanissetta, Enna
The Good Friday Rites in Trapani, Caltanissetta, Enna.
Easter in Sicily is a widely spread and important, religious event: all over the island, in large towns as well as in tiny villages , many quite impressive processions and religious plays, recalling the passion of Christ, take place along the streets.
But the most evocative Easter celebrations are the Good Friday processions with their spectacular dramatization of the Passion events: a combination of pain, sense of sacredness and folklore showing the most authentic Sicily.
The procession of the Mysteries occurs in Trapani during Good Friday and lasts 24 hours ; for over 400 years, this procession has represented the passion and death of Christ through 20 sculptures kept in the Church delle Anime del Purgatorio: they are carried in procession from the religious corporations along the main streets.
Each statue represents one of the stations of the cross after whom it is named. The technique used to create these statues makes them unique: a wooden skeleton mingled with cloth and glue. Their clothes, made up with fabrics, are modeled according to a typical local technique known as carchèt.