Easter traditions in Barcellona P.G.


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Easter traditions in Barcellona P.G.

In Barcellona Pozzo di Gotto during the Easter season, numerous traditions are celebrated that have become a symbol of the city over the years, an occasion for kids and adults to celebrate Easter in a collective atmosphere of joy and religious feeling. The most famous and oldest among these traditions is the procession of the ‘varette’. This takes place during ‘holy week’ (or “sumana santa” in sicilian dialect) – from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday. The ‘varette’ are wooden carts on which religious statues are placed, on “Venerdì Santo”/“Good Friday”, they are paraded in a double procession that includes as many as 26 of these varette depicting in particular the salient moments of the Passion of Jesus Christ, together with the place and the scenario of the episode that took place. The procession is split into 2 parts, the parade of Pozzo di Gotto starts from the cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta and includes the first 14 varette, the oldest ones, while the procession of Barcellona starts from the church of San Giovanni and includes the remaining 12 varette of more recent times. On their way, the varettas are accompanied by groups of people dressed in typical costumes and depicting the characters symbolising the Passion, such as the soldiers, the so-called Jews, who crucified Jesus, and also by a group of men singing the Visilla, an ancient religious tune. The most solemn moment occurs when the two separate processions meet and unite on the bridge over the Longano river (Via San Giovanni Bosco), symbolising the union of the two communities. 

varette Barcellona P.G. itinerario

In addition, on the previous day, on “Giovedì santo”, the churches of Barcellona set up the so-called Sepulchres, altars depicting the most representative moments of the last days of Jesus’ life, such as the Last Dinner, and decorated with flowers and shoots of legumes or grains representing rebirth. Other traditions present during this week include going to church on Palm Sunday to have olive branches and woven palms blessed, in honor of Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem, and eating typical Sicilian Easter sweets, such as the so-called ‘cuddura cu l’ova’, a lard-flavoured shortbread biscuit decorated with boiled eggs and coloured sprinkles, the ‘Panino della Cena’, a bread that recalls the one shared by Jesus during the Last Dinner, and then numerous Easter eggs and chocolate lambs or chicks that can be found in all pastry shops.

Easter traditions in Barcellona P.G. ultima modifica: 2024-03-19T11:30:16+01:00 da eprojectadmin