Holy Week in Sicily


     I became interested in Easter traditions in Sicily. Enna was the chosen place to start my research. Store windows exhibit the confraternity costumes based on early Spanish influences. The Good Friday procession was solemn and silent except for the occasional drum or sad funeral tune. The confraternities walk through the streets, carrying symbols of the Passion. After Mass in the Cathedral, the groups once again pass through town, carrying the heavy statues representing the Urn of the Dead Christ, the cross of the Crown of Thorns, and Our Lady of Sorrows to the cemetery for a vigil. 

     On Easter Sunday, the Risen Christ and Our Lady are happily reunited and taken into the Cathedral. The music is more upbeat and the faces of the confraternity members are uncovered.

     Although there are no traditional (to me) Easter baskets, the giant chocolate eggs with a surprise inside more than made up for it. My "Mr. Egg" traveled with me until the very end of the trip when he met his end revealing a very chocolate smelling toy.

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