Every Holy Friday in Trapani there is the religious procession of the Mysteries. Twenty artistic representations of the Passion and Death of Christ parade through the streets of Old Town. Trapani, Sicilia. 22nd April 2011
It is a tradition from the obvious Spanish origin that is almost 400 years.
The "Mysteries" are twenty artistic representations of the Passion and Death of Christ. On a shaped wooden launches, "stand the sculptures, made of canvas, wood and glue, from Trapani artisans of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries and representing scenes from the Gospels.
The statues are decorated with antique silver and elaborate floral arrangements and lighting to bring out facial features, movements of the pain and suffering. The "Mysteries" are eighteen, and the two statues of Dead Christ and the Lady of Sorrows. Each group carried on the shoulders of not less than ten men, known as "massari". I give the procession carrying one of its most significant aspects: the "annacata". This term refers to the movement given to the group following the rhythms of the music played by the bands.
The procession begins at Piazza del Purgatorio, the Church of the Holy Souls in Purgatory, where he gathers a crowd of faithful, curious tourists waiting for the door will open and begin the long-awaited event for a year, where passion, faith and folklore come together in the typical atmosphere of this land of contrasts.
Around 14.00 on Holy Friday until the following day at about 13.00 the procession through the streets and alleys of the old town throughout the entire night.
Trapani, with its Mysteries, lives his best day and intense.