Affruntata – Bagnara Calabra
Religious and popular feast celebrated every year on Easter.
Affruntata is a religious and popular feast that takes place in Italy every year during Easter Sunday (1 April 2018) in many municipalities in the province of Reggio Calabria.
The tradition, passed down from one generation to another, recalls the gathering between the Virgin Mary and Christ Resurrected.
Affruntata isn’t only a procession, but also a theatrical representation in which the sacred statues (of the Virgin Mary, Saint John and Christ Resurrected), are the main characters and carried by shoulder by the citizens. The three statues follow different paths and they meet together during relevant moments: the statue of the Virgin Mary and Saint John are the one who gather first symbolizing the announcement of the resurrection issue.
The most important moment of the feast is when the two statues reach the statue of Christ Resurrected. Affruntata means, indeed, the meeting of Mary with his son, when the two statues are located in front of one another in the same street.
This is the moment full of passion that establishes the end of the event.
Affruntata takes place in many municipalities in the province of Reggio Calabria: in Briatico, Cinquefrondi, Cittanova, Polistena, Roccella Ionica, Sant’Onofrio, Vibo Valentia…