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Trapani Municipio One of the most interesting traditions of Trapani dates back to the time of the Spanish rule. It was born four centuries ago. It is called Processione Dei Misteri or the Sacrament Procession. The procession begins on Good Friday every year. It ends exactly one day later on Holy Saturday, Easter Eve. Thousands of Italians and tourists from all over the world come to watch the procession. Therefore, if you want to watch the procession, you should book the hotel and tables in restaurants in advance.
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This name of Sacrament Procession has a justification. "Sacraments" are the two dozen images of the Passion and Death of Christ. Their size is impressive. Eighteen of them are various sculptural groups. Two more are statues of the deceased Jesus and the grieving Mother of God. The city's faithful carry images of the Sacraments through the streets, surrounded by music and lights. One or another city workshop is responsible for each scene. Interestingly, the statues are attached to the wooden bases of the "Vara" in a rather unusual way. This allows them to oscillate while moving. Wooden bases ("Vara") are installed on the support of wood covered with black cloth. They are called "manta".
The whole structure comes out quite heavy in the end. Therefore, at least a dozen people carry each sculpture on their shoulders. Porters are called Massari. A traditional orchestra sets the rhythm of the movement. The procession tries to imitate the specific gait of Massari. It involves swinging. It's called annakata. This translates roughly as "motion sickness". Sculptures are not just cleaned of dust but also decorated with silver and live and decorative flowers in preparation for the procession. The sacraments are illuminated especially so that pain and suffering can be seen more clearly on the faces of the figures. Copyright
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All the statues are kept in the beautiful Church of Anime Sante del Purgatorio. It is from here that the procession begins at exactly two o'clock in the afternoon. The procession moves slowly despite the weight of the sculptures and the short length of the city streets. The procession ends its journey in the same Baroque church a day later. Citizens and tourists can join the procession during this time. Many participants of the procession use vintage costumes to further immerse themselves in that ancient era. You should watch the Sacrament Procession at least once in your life, even if you do not belong to the Christian faith and are indifferent to religious holidays.
Trapani Cathedral Opera fans should come to the city in July. The Summer Opera Festival takes place at Villa Margarita here at this time. Many world celebrities come here at this time. The festival is very famous. It has been held regularly for half a century. The festival has developed many of its traditions during this time. Festive services are held in local churches on the seventh of August. They are popular with parishioners. They are arranged on the occasion of St. Albert's Day. He is the patron Saint of Trapani.
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The beautiful Cous Cous Fest takes place in San Vito Lo Capo at the end of September. It attracts gourmets from all over the world. Chefs from all the places where this dish is popular come to the city at this time. They share their recipes. Competitions in culinary skills and open tasting of couscous in various interpretations are also held at the festival. The festival has been held for twenty years. It will allow you not only to learn all about couscous but also to plunge into the traditions and customs of the countries of the Mediterranean Basin.
Trapani Seafront The traditional carnival takes place in the city before the beginning of lent in late January and early February. You can have fun not only in Trapani but also all over Sicily. Therefore, if you get tired of the local program of processions, costume contests, and performances of actors and musicians, you can go to Acireale or Sciacca. You can see thousands of locals and tourists in a variety of costumes and masks in the city at this time. It seems that the music doesn't stop for a minute. Processions with a statue from the Church of Carminello and music accompany Festa di S. Giuseppe in mid-March. It is customary to give traditional bread to the poor at this time.
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The procession with the statue also passes through the city during the Feast of Our Lady of Trapani. The procession starts from the Cathedral Church at 20.45. Anyone can join it. You can see beautiful fireworks at midnight. The city also celebrates traditional European holidays like Valentine's Day or All Saints' Day. New Year is also celebrated here. This is the time of fireworks designed to deceive evil, red color that brings good luck, coins, and candles. A dish with grapes is an essential attribute of the New Year’s table. It is customary to eat one grape at each stroke of the clock, announcing the change of the year.
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Map of all churches
Cathedrals and basilicas near Trapani
♥   Basilica Maria SS. Annunziata, Trapani, 0.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Basilica S. Pietro, Trapani, 1.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Basilica S. Nicolò, Trapani, 2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Basilica Cattedrale di S. Lorenzo Martire, Trapani, 2.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Basilica di S. Maria Assunta, Alcamo, 38.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Basilica Cattedrale di SS. Salvatore, Mazara del Vallo, 41.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Basilica di Maria Santissima del Soccorso, Sciacca, 74.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all castles
Survived castles around Trapani
♥   Castle 'Castello di Terra' Trapani, 1.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Castello dei Conti di Modica' Alcamo, 38.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Castello di Calatubo' Alcamo, 39.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo
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