Easter in Alghero 2018
The Good Friday procession
Easter in Alghero is an extraordinary event very felt by the population. One of the most important religious events that for years has been celebrated with great participation
Alghero is one of the most beautiful cities in Sardinia where you can breathe an authentic atmosphere. Colors and costumes that bring back to a past rich in history and tradition
During the period of the Setmana Santa (the Holy Week) the narrow streets of the old town are illuminated by red lanterns. The historic center of Alghero relives ancient atmospheres that bring back memories of a past. The darkness of the lanes is broken by the red of the lanterns that are filled with the music and the choirs of the faithful. Secular traditions of Spanish origin blend with ancient local mystical-religious customs
Setmana Santa is one of the most important events in Alghero dating back to the 16th century. A show that begins with Palm Sunday and ends with the Easter Monday (Easter Monday). The celebrations reach their climax with the Good Friday procession
The rites of the Holy Week in Alghero involve numerous Italian and Catalan confraternities and are organized by the Brotherhood of the Germans Blancs.
The women dressed entirely in black bring to light the red flames called farols, accompanying the statue of the Virgin that moves from the church of San Francesco through the streets of the historic center. Of the image of Our Lady of Sorrows are preserved in Alghero, in different churches, four copies used in different ceremonies.
The Good Friday Procession
The celebration of Good Friday begins around eight o’clock in the evening. A procession proceeds along the streets of the old city. In this procession also the statues of St. John and of Our Lady of Sorrows accompany the coffin in which the body of Christ will be placed. The work in which the Christ is placed is of very fine value in baroque style entirely decorated in pure gold, called bressol (cradle)
The most intense moment of this day and of the entire Holy Week is the ritual of Desclavament, the ritual begins as soon as the procession enters the cathedral. The preacher gives the opening words to a sermon that recalls the life of Jesus, dwelling on the salient events of the Passion. The procession then begins, during which the simulacrum is carried along the streets of the city illuminated by the farols and the street lamps covered by a red cloth. The ceremony ends late at night in the Oratory of Mercy.
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