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Procession of the Misteri

Procession of the Misteri

The Procession of the Misteri takes place beginning from Holy Friday to the midday of Saturday. It is a rite of fundamental importance for the town recovering its own cultural identity. Protagonist and spectator of it is the people that offers a extraordinary and unforgettable scenery. The streets are full of people, of all ages and social classes, admiring the Holy Groups that pass by along the streets of the centre.

Presently the Maestranze (the Workers), in a big competition among them, are eighteen, plus the two simulacrum of Dead Jesus and of Our Mary of Sorrows, and represents the Passion and the Death of Our Lord Jesus Christ.
Made of wood by craftsmen of Trapani in the XVII and XVIII century, they are very heavy. more than ten men, called “massari”, are employed for every simulacrum.

Each one of these is furnished with various floral decorations and with precious ornaments, and has a peculiar beauty. In their proceeding the massari make several typical movements, such as “the annacata”, that is the rhythmic swinging, “a vutata”, that are determined by the very animated sound of the musical bands accompanying the groups of “Misteri”.

During the night, the simulacrums stopped in Piazza Vittorio (Victor Square): the atmosphere, the lightings, the smell of the flowers, exhaled by each unit, cause that neither tiredness nor sleep are able to distract attention and are surrounded by a big crowd.

The Misteri are kept in the eighteen-century Baroque church of the “Anime Sante del Purgatorio” (“ Holy Souls of Purgatory”), where this inestimable heritage, that makes the citizen of Trapani proud , starts from. Among the characters of the procession: the Wycliffites in red tunic, the craftsmen in black suit bringing by hand lighted church candles.

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