Easter 2019 on the Sorrento Peninsula: from folklore to tradition

Every year, Holy Week is definitely the most awaited week in Sorrento. There are numerous events and religious rituals throughout the peninsula, creating an atmosphere of enchantment and tradition able to arouse intense emotions for all its visitors.

It all starts on the Sunday before Easter, “Palm Sunday” which celebrates the triumphal entry of Jesus Christ into the city of Jerusalem praised with “Hosanna” by the crowds of people ready to greet him with festive palm leaves. On this Sunday, olive and palm branches adorned with colored almond confetti and ribbons to be kept through the year as a symbol of peace are blessed; sometimes, they are even exchanged with relatives and friends.

From Monday to Holy Thursday, there are numerous local religious representations, such as that of Monday called Via Della Croce. A theatrical event taking place along the streets of Meta with over 200 participants depicting the “Passion of Christ” – from the betrayal of Judas to the death.

The “pride and joy” of Holy Week along the peninsula is surely the processions of the incappucciati (hooded and cloaked figures who stroll through the night) on Good Friday. This tradition has been handed down from generation to generation and dates back to the 1500s.

Between Thursday and Friday, there are over 20 processions taking place in different towns along the Sorrento peninsula. The two most famous are certainly the procession of the Incappucciati Bianca and the procession of the Incappucciati Nera di Sorrento.

The Processione Bianca, or White Procession, is a procession of the Incappucciati Bianchi as they wind their way through the narrow streets and main roads of Sorrento from the late evening until the early hours of dawn’s first light on Good Friday. It symbolizes the wandering of the Madonna from the moment Jesus was captured until his crucifixion and is considered a procession of hope.

The Processione Nera, or Black Procession, creates an intense visual and dramatic impact and takes place in the evening on Good Friday. It evokes the earthly death of Christ and represents his path to his burial. He is followed by Maria Addolorata or the Sorrowful Mother. The Incappucciati are hooded and cloaked in black to show their pain and respect during the funeral procession.

In common, the two processions have the hooded figures and torches and the cortège where the incappucciati sing religious songs telling of the Passion and Miserere of Christ. Each town in the territory has its own “hooded” procession. In Meta di Sorrento, the procession of the incappucciati takes place between Thursday and Good Friday. Whereas the procession in Piano di Sorrento, with its RED incappucciati (the makings of an extraordinary sight) is unique for its color; no other procession along the Sorrento Peninsula includes red.

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