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A Naca (The Cradle) – Catanzaro

15 April 2022. A religious festivity that dates back to 1600.

15 Apr 2022 Calabria -Catanzaro  Folklore-Traditions | Religious celebrations | Easter

Usually on Holy Friday but in 2022 on Friday, April 15thA Naca (a dialect word which means “the cradle”, from the Greek word nachè), a religious celebration that dates back to 1600, takes place in Catanzaro.

The celebration begins the night before (Thursday, April 14th), when the Confratelli (members of a brotherhood), with their head encircled by a braided crown of wild asparagus, visit the Sepulchres while they bring on their shoulders, in turn, a Penitentiary Cross.

The Naca is the cradle in which the statue of Dead Jesus is collocated. It’s a majestic structure decorated with damasks, silk and flowers. On the cradle, there are 4 or more angels made with papier maché with the symbol of the Passion, in front of a big illuminated cross. Nowadays the Naca is brought by shoulder by the Firemen through a long path in the streets of Catanzaro.  It’s preceded by the standards and the flags of the Brotherhoods of the city (of the Saints Giovanni Battista and Evangelist, of the Carmine Immaculate and of Rosario) and it’s followed by the penitentiary crosses. In the past, they represented the associations of the professions (shoemaker, peasants and artisans) that brought the “Naca” with a typical swinging stride.

The “Cradle” is followed by the Madonna Addolorata (Grieved Virgin Mary) represented by a heart pierced with 7 swords, that symbolize the 7 pains of Mary.