Mysteries Feast – Campobasso
June 6th. The most important religious feast in Campobasso on the day of Corpus Christi
La Festa dei Misteri (Celebration of the “Mysteries”) is the most important feast in Campobasso and it takes place the Sunday of Corpus Domini on June 6th, 2021).
The celebration is a procession along the city streets of 13 “tableaux vivants” (allegoric floats with people) representing the Mysteries.
These machines are carried on the shoulders by young people, at least twelve for each mystery, and they follow a special rhythm, punctuated by the “mystery chief”
Each Mystery is a machine realized with metal structures able to sustain both children and adults, and the coating with colored fabrics makes the illusion that some of them are floating in the air.
Each mystery is dedicated to a saint and it has a religious and moral message ”
The first machineries of the Mysteries were created in 1748 by Paolo Saverio Di Zinno, a native artist. Only 18 “machineries” of 24 passed the acceptance test, and 6 of them were destroyed in the earthquake of 1805.
So they remained just 12 representing: St. Isidore, San Crispino, San Gennaro, Abraham, Saint Mary Magdalene, Saint Anthony, Virgin Mary Immaculate Conception, San Leonardo, San Rocco, San Michele, Assumption of the Virgin Mary, St. Nicholas of Bari.
The thirteenth Mystery was built in 1959 and it is representing the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
Today the Procession is organized by the Mysteries and Traditions Association supported by the Municipality of Campobasso
All the year-round it is possible to see the machineries in the Mysteries’ museum
Photos from the website: centrostoricocb.it
Cover photo by Sonia Varela.