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Friday, January 04, 2008 1:56 PM
The week could start in Ispica on the Holy Thursday for the procession of "U patri a culonna"... on Easter Sunday you can experience the joyful "Maronna Vasa Vasa" in Modica, where participants are blessed by the animated statue of the Virgin Mary.
"participants are blessed by the animated statue of the Virgin Mary."
On Easter morning, the statues of the resurrected Christ and Virgin Mary are taken outside the church , this procession in Sicilian dialect is called "A Maronna Vasa Vasa" (Madonna that finds her son).
Early Sunday morning the statue of Christ is brought out of the church Santa Maria and a procession carries him through the city. The Madonna is brought out half an hour later looking for the Christ. So, there will be 2 different processions through the main streets of the historical centre where the statues will “search” for each other. At noon the two statues will meet in the square in front of the church. The finale is very exciting, the black mantle slips off the Virgin shoulders revealing a blue mantle, the crowd cheers as the Madonna kisses her son. This is the sign that Easter is arrived.