Good Friday in Romagnano Sesia
From 1729 in odd years one of the most important Easter rituals in Italy.
One of the most important and oldest ritual in Piedmont during Easter is the celebration of Good Friday in Romagnano Sesia, in the province of Novara, this year on Friday, April 19, 2019.
The event, at its 260th edition, brings to life the story of the Passion of Christ, with figures in customs representing moments of Jesus’ life in the streets of the village.
The representations, from Thursday, April 18 to Saturday, April 20, belong to the cultural heritage of Novara.
In odd years for three days the “Itinerant Performances” present 14 paintings recited by 350 actors and background actors that stage the Roman Legonaries on horseback and the Veliti on foot. Thanks to these representations, that transform the village of Romagnano, it’s like being in Jerusalem.
The origins of Romagnano’s Good Friday
In Romagnano Sesia, on Sunday Easter in 1729 the Sacred Representation in Romagnano Sesia was founded by the Brotherhood of the Santissimo Enterro. The word Enterro comes from the Spanish word Entierro that means “burial” and refers to the Holy Sepulchre.
Old documents of 1700 declare that the brotherhood had the task to bring the statues of Dead Christ and the Lady of Sorrows in the procession on Good Friday evening.
The celebration of Good Friday occurs every two years and in odd years.
Photos: from the official website of the event