Mysteries Feast – Campobasso
Sunday, June 23rd. The Celebration of the Mysteries, the most important feast in Campobasso.
La Festa dei Misteri (Celebration of the “Mysteries”) is the most important feast in Campobasso and it takes place the Sunday of Corpus Domini (June 23rd, 2019).
The celebration is a procession along the city streets of 13 “tableaux vivants” (allegoric floats with people) representign 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 “mistery 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 machines of the Mysteries were created in 1748 by Paolo Saverio Di Zinno, a native artist.
Only 12 “machines” of 24 passed the acceptance test, and some others were destroyed in the earthquake of 1805. They have then been reconstructed on the basis of the original projects.
The thirteenth Mystery representing the Sacred Heart of Jesus in 1968.
The other twelve Mysteries are 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.
Today the Procession is organized by the Municipality of Campobasso supported by Mysteries and Traditions Association.
The Mysteries’ museum makes possible to see the machineries of Mysteries all the year round.
Photos from the website: centrostoricocb.it
Cover photo by Sonia Varela.