La Processione dei Misteri - Trapani
The Processione dei Misteri di Trapani or simply the Misteri di Trapani (in English the Procession of the Mysteries of Trapani or the Mysteries of Trapani) is a day long passion procession featuring twenty floats of lifelike wood, canvas and glue sculptures of individual scenes of the events of the Passion, a passion play at the centre and the culmination of the Holy Week in Trapani. The Misteri are amongst the oldest continuously running religious events in Europe, having been played every Good Friday since before the Easter of 1612, and running for at least 16 continuous hours, but occasionally well beyond the 24 hours, are the longest religious festival in Sicily and in Italy.
The 'Misteri' are an artistic representation of the Passion and Death of Jesus through twenty sculptural groups, including two statues of the Dead Jesus and of the Lady of Sorrows. They were granted in trust, by deeds, by the Brotherhood of St. Michael the Archangel, which instituted the rite in the late 16th century, to the members of the local Guilds in exchange of the promise to carry them during the passion procession every Good Friday.
List of the 20 groups and of the related guilds
The Separation (or The License or The Departure) by the guild of the Goldsmiths
The Washing of the Feet by the guild of the Fishermen
Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane by the guild of the Farmers
The Arrest by the guild of Metalworkers
Jesus falls into the Cedron Brook by the guild of the Sailors
Jesus before Hanna by the guild of the Grocers
The Denial by the guilds of the Barbers and of the Hairdressers
Jesus before Herod by the guild of the Fishmongers
The Flagellation by the guilds of the Bricklayers and of the Stonemasons
The Crowning with Thorns by the guild of the Bakers
Ecce Homo! by the guild of the Shoemakers
The Judgement by the guild of the Butchers
The Ascent to Calvary by the People, the citizens and denizens of Trapani
The Disrobing by the guilds of the Drapers and of the Cloth Merchants
The Elevation of the Cross by the guild of the Carpenters
The Wound to the Chest by the guilds of the Painters and of the Decorators
Descent from the Cross by the guilds of the Tailors and of the Upholsterers
the Transport to the Sepulchre by the guild of Saltpan Workers
The Sepulchre by the guild of Pasta Makers
The Sorrows by the guilds of the Waiters, of the Drivers, of the Hotel Workers, of the Confectioners and of the Bartenders.