Easter in Sicily: Book Your Vacation Now
Sicily is the richest Italian region in terms of festival, events and folk customs connected to Easter Holy Week. Among the most evocative and renowned religious manifestations of devotion are the mysteries of Trapani. Many other can be found between the Madonie and Nebrodi mountains, Palermo and Ragusa, making the Easter time one of the most characteristic periods of the year in which one can discover the authentic charm of this island.
The union between sacred and secular is one of the most meaningful characteristics of Sicilian culture and Easter is undoubtedly one of the religious celebration that more accentuates this dualism. All over Sicily, in large towns and tiny villages alike, processions weave their way through narrow streets and squares: saints’ statues carried on the shoulders by those devoted become the main attraction, surrounded by lights, stalls with meat, fruit and sweets, in a mix of mysticism and religiosity.
The Spanish – Jesuit inheritance of religious festivals has a long tradition in the ancestral pagan traditions that used to mark the arrival of the Spring which has been incorporated into the religious festivities.
The mysteries in Trapani on Good Friday is undoubtedly one of the most ancient and evocative celebrations of the week preceding Easter. This religious manifestation, in which the townsmen carry statues through the streets, has Spanish origins and has been taking place for over 400 years. Each statue is made out of wood by the best Trapani’s artisans. One by one the statues represent the stations of the cross, and thousands of Sicilians line the streets awaiting the arrival of the Virgin Mary in search of her son.
The mysteries tradition is not only celebrated in Trapani, but also in the close medieval village of Erice and in Marsala, where instead of the wooden statues there is a wonderful representation of the stations of the cross. These Easter processions have kept intact the theatrical aspect of the performance as it was in Medieval time.
Where to stay? DiCasaInSicilia is offering a wide selection of charming villa rentals in Sicily’s old town centres where some of the most beautiful Holy Week processions in Sicily take place.
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