Events in the province of Trapani
On Holy Tuesday afternoon, celebrations begin in the city of Trapani where there is a procession dedicated to“Maria Madre Pietà deiMassari” (“Mary, Mother of Mercy of Massari”).The Massariare in charge of preserving the painting of Maria Addolorata (Our Lady of Sorrows).
Also in Trapani, HolyWednesday is dedicated instead to Madonna Pietà delPopolo, whose simulacrum is made of two paintings opposing, one depicting the face of the Madonna, the otherone that of Christ. Thisprocession, born at the beginning of 1700, is organized by greengrocers.
Holy Thursday sees, in Marsala, The Passion of the Christ where citizens can interpret the different characters and highlighting moments narrated in the Gospel.
The scenes begin with the representation of Christ’s arrival in Jerusalem and ending with the Resurrection; a long procession that, throughout Holy Thursday afternoon, parades through the streets of the old town. Every year, for this procession on Holy Thursday the city is crowded with spectators. The costumes used during the procession are kept and are visible in a special section of the Civic Museum, located within the Saint Peter monumental Complex.
The Misteri of Trapani
Holy Week in the province of Trapani is full of events, with many celebrations, to reach its peak finally on Good Friday, when an endless procession of religious groups begin to curl from the church of the Holy Souls of Purgatorygoingthrough the narrow streets of the city centre: these are the Misteri.
The name is certainly due to the mystery that these statues of ancient origin express, that is “The Passion of Christ”. The procession is made up of 18 wooden groupsof statues covered with cloth and glue, the simulacra of the urn and the Addolorata. This procession, that is one of the oldest, takes place from 14.00 on Good Friday until noon on the following Saturday, with no interruption and the characteristic of being carried on shoulders despite their weight.An even more amazingshow is at night, when the atmosphere, the lights and the smell of flowers coming from each group,evenovercome fatigue and sleep.
The procession of the Misteri is not exclusively religious, but its history contains the economic and social life of the city too.
These groups are committedto Maestranze (guilds) thatwill be in charge of the management and care during the whole year. The entire city of Trapani remains deeply and emotionally tied-up to the procession of the Misteri that constitutes an invaluable cultural, historical and artistic heritage.
Cous Cous Fest
Every year in late Septemberit is held,in San Vito Lo Capo,the CousCous Fest, an international festival of cultural integration. For a week, it is a party full of music, entertainment, and culture but, above all,it is a party for tasting the famous couscous, a simple dish of Tunisian origin, but that becomes a symbol of peace and integration.
All the Mediterranean countrieshave been involved in this festival atmosphere for 16 years.
The Festival receives attention from abroad, in fact many international artists come for a great song festival.
The core moment of the event is the international culinary competition, which involves
chefs from around the world.
All this takes place in the beautiful surroundings of this fishing village with its warm climate and its crystal sea waters, ideal setting for this event.
Living Nativity of Custonaci
Every year at Christmas at the Scurati cavein Custonaci, the “Living Nativity” takes place.
A picturesque event that is meant to represent the birth of Jesus in the timeless place of the Mangiapane cave, an ancient place where once shepherdsused to workricotta cheese.
Today it has become home of an impressive nativity scenewhere apart the religious event, there are representations of old craftsmanship and rurallife of that time, also characterised by sounds, smells and colours that reconstruct that life.
During the visit to this nativity, scenes appear to be real as if we were in a film like shepherds making cheese, housewives preparing pasta and bread, carpenters working the wood, and shoemakers: ancient crafts bind to disappear forever.
Another featureis the use of original tools and clothing of that period, all recovered with the help of the entire local community.
Living Nativity of Balata di Baita
This nativity is set in a small rural centre, few kilometres away from Trapani, located in an old farmhouse, between humble houses, framed by Mediterranean vegetation.
The feeling you get when visiting this charming retelling of what was once the daily life is extraordinary, with shepherds milking sheep, the housewives who make bread in a wood oven, or the girl who embroiders canvases: smells, sounds and lights bringus into a magical atmosphere full of warmth and simplicity.