The End...
The End...

At the end of the Easter procession all the passion scenes are brought back to the Chiesa Anime Sante del Purgatorio, where it all started the day before. The last statue group to be brought in is that of "The Sorrows" (Maria) as seen here in front of the church. A large amount of spectators is around to witness the re-entry of the sculptures in the church after they and their portatori have been blessed and the closing of the doors of the church after the last statue has been carried in. Trapani, Sicily, Italy

Happy looking...
Happy looking...

People looking at the Easter procession in Trapani, Sicily, Italy

Spectators...
Spectators...

The Trapani Easter procession attracts a lot of spectators not only from all over. Trapani, Sicily, Italy

Spectators...
Spectators...

The Easter procession in Trapani attracts a lot of visitors to the city. Most of them observe the event on the street level but the balconies on the main street also accommodate spectators. Trapani, Sicily, Italy

An attentive ear...
An attentive ear...

Apart from being brothers in arms during the procession, these portatori obviously are also friends. Trapani, Sicily, Italy

I see you...
I see you...

Young girl in the Easter procession carrying flowers and taking a sip while keeping an eye on the photographer. Trapani, Sicily, Italy

A smokey job...
A smokey job...

The passion scenes that are carried around in the procession are lit partly by smoking candles. Trapani, Sicily, Italy

At rest but alert...
At rest but alert...

Portatore at rest but alert while looking at the street where the procession is taking place. Trapani, Sicily, Italy

After a long night...
After a long night...

For the younger participants it is sometimes a bit difficult to start the new day after a long night in the Easter procession of Trapani, Sicily, Italy

Enjoying the spectacle...
Enjoying the spectacle...

Looking at the Easter procession in Trapani, Sicily, Italy

Support...
Support...

Elderly participant showing his emotions and is looked after. Trapani, Sicily, Italy

Support...
Support...

Elderly participant showing his emotions and is looked after by a colleague. Trapani, Sicily, Italy

Showing his emotions...
Showing his emotions...

Elderly participant showing his emotions and is looked upon. Trapani, Sicily, Italy

Looking at emotions...
Looking at emotions...

Elderly participant showing his emotions and is looked upon. Trapani, Sicily, Italy

The nail bearer...
The nail bearer...

Young boy in the Trapani Easter procession carrying the nails as a symbol of the crucifixion of Christ. Trapani, Sicily, Italy

A private moment...
A private moment...

Early in de morning, while waiting for the procession to pass by this couple is waiting in front of a shop, having a private moment before the street is flooded with spectators of the Easter procession in Trapani, Sicily, Italy

Flower girl...
Flower girl...

Girl carrying a bouquet in the Trapani Easter procession. Trapani, Sicily, Italy

Looking at the participants...
Looking at the participants...

Passerby is keeping an eye on the participants of the Trapani Easter procession in Trapani, Sicily, Italy

Keep it burning...
Keep it burning...

Keeping a candle burning in the Easter procession isn't an easy feat. Trapani, Sicily, Italy

Brothers in arms...
Brothers in arms...

Members of the Ceto Metallurgici posing for a groups portrait during a break in the Easter procession in Trapani, Sicily, Italy

She and her hero...
She and her hero...

Young girl in traditional outfit showing a banner with a portrait of Jezus, while she takes part in the Easter procession in Trapani, Sicily, Italy

The morning after...
The morning after...

The next morning the participants of the Easter procession in Trapani, Sicily, Italy show that they have had a long night. And they still have a half day to go.

Hard at work...
Hard at work...

Musician blowing the trumpet in the Easter procession in Trapani, Sicily, Italy

I am not going to smile...
I am not going to smile...

Young woman in the Trapani Easter procession doing her best trying not to smile when she noticed she was being photographed. Trapani, Sicily, Italy

Taking a short rest...
Taking a short rest...

Bearers (portatori) of the "Ceto dei Tessili e Abbigliamenti" (textile and clothing workers) taking a rest after carrying their statue group "La Spogliazione" a short distance during the Easter procession in Trapani, Sicily, Italy

The rosary...
The rosary...

Participant of the Easter procession holding a rosary in her hands. Trapani, Sicily, Italy

Waiting...
Waiting...

Portatori of the statue groups waiting for the next part of the Easter procession in Trapani, Sicily, Italy

Doubtful...
Doubtful...

Portatore at rest during the Easter procession in Trapani, Sicily, Italy

Time for thought...
Time for thought...

Portatori in rest, having time for some talk and some thoughts. Trapani, Sicily, Italy

Frozen in time...
Frozen in time...

Haunting, that is what the music is. It creates a mood that is difficult to forget. Added to that, the procession as a whole is something that at times feels as something from the past, especially with the uniforms some of the groups are wearing. Past and present merged into one. What a mood! Trapani, Sicily, Italy.

The next morning...
The next morning...

After carrying the statue groups for a night in the procession the bearers are showing traces of fatigue and candle wax. Trapani, Sicily, Italy

Another spectator in awe...
Another spectator in awe...

Another spectator in awe while looking at the Easter procession Trapani, Sicily, Italy

Men at work...
Men at work...

Portatori at work during the Easter procession in Trapani, Sicily, Italy

Trying to catch a glimpse...
Trying to catch a glimpse...

Woman in white with a hat trying to catch a glimpse of the procession in Trapani, Sicily, Italy

Serious participant...
Serious participant...

Young girl taking her role in the procession very serious. Trapani, Sicily, Italy

Taking a rest...
Taking a rest...

Portatori taking a rest during the Trapani Easter procession. Trapani, Sicily, Italy

Brothers in arms...
Brothers in arms...

A Band of brothers in arms these men of the Ceto dei Metallurgici can be called while they are sharing a load in the Trapani Easter procession in the Holy Week. Trapani, Sicily, Italy

Serious participant...
Serious participant...

Taking part in the Trapani procession is serious business as this woman shows. Trapani, Sicily, Italy

A bearer concealed...
A bearer concealed...

Bearer (portatore) partly concealed by an arm of a colleague while lifting a statue group in the Trapani Easter procession. Trapani, Sicily, Italy

Serious participant...
Serious participant...

Taking part in the Trapani procession is serious business as this man shows. Trapani, Sicily, Italy

Bearing and support...
Bearing and support...

Bearers carrying their load of statues while supporting each other in the Trapani, Easter procession. Trapani, Sicily, Italy

Waiting...
Waiting...

Young girl in traditional outfit waiting for the procession to proceed. Trapani, Sicily, Italy

Strong men...
Strong men...

The strong men of Trapani, like here the portatori of the ceta muratori e scalpellini (guild of the stone workers), carry around the statue groups during the Easter procession in Trapani, Sicily, Italy

At the wine bar...
At the wine bar...

Playing the saxophone is hard work and necessitates regular pauses. Like here in front of a wine bar in Trapani, Sicily, Italy

Lantern bearer...
Lantern bearer...

Lantern bearer in the Easter procession in Trapani, Sicily, Italy

Taking a break...
Taking a break...

Portatore (bearer) taking a break during the Easter procession in Trapani, Sicily, Italy.

Serious participants...
Serious participants...

Young girls playing part in the Trapani Easter procession. Trapani, Sicily, Italy

It is about this...
It is about this...

The Holy Week in Trapani is about the passion of Christ, as is noticeable throughout the city. Trapani, Sicily, Italy

dressed for the occasion...
dressed for the occasion...

Girl dressed for the Trapani Easter procession. Trapani, Sicily, Italy

Joint forces...
Joint forces...

Men join forces to carry around one of the statue groups in the Easter procession in Trapani, Sicily, Italy

Lost in thought...
Lost in thought...

Young girl, walking in the Trapani Easter procession seemingly lost in thought. Trapani, Sicily, Italy

The bearers...
The bearers...

The portatori, the guys doing the fysically heavy job of carrying the passion scenes (statues groups representing the different stages of the Passion of Christ) during the Trapani Easter procession. Trapani, Sicily, Italy

Non-portatori...
Non-portatori...

While portatori (bearers) - with their own dress code and way of conduct - play an important role in the Easter procession, a lot of other roles with accompanying behaviour are to be fulfilled. Trapani, Sicily, Italy

Holding on...
Holding on...

Young girl holding on to a cord attached too a banner that is carried around in the Easter procession of Trapani, Sicily, Italy

Being there...
Being there...

Being there - at the Easter procession in Trapani - is important for a lot of the inhabitants of Trapani. Interesting to watch the diversity of the participants and the public. Trapani, Sicilia, Italia

Conversations...
Conversations...

During the procession the bearers, or portatori as they are called, often have to pause te rest because of the heavy loads of the statue groups that display the different passion scenes. Here the portatori, and even the statues, are seen to be engaged in a friendly conversation during such an intermezzo. Trapani, Sicily, Italy

 A father bringing his son, member of a drum band, to the start of the Easter procession in Trapani, Sicily, Italy

A father bringing his son, member of a drum band, to the start of the Easter procession in Trapani, Sicily, Italy

Interested...
Interested...

Young woman, somewhat hidden by others, trying to have a look at the Easter procession in Trapani, Sicily, Italy.

Patience needed...
Patience needed...

The younger participants of the procession have to be patient often because of the regular pauses the bearers need to put their shrines down to rest their shoulders. Trapani, Sicily, Italy

Animated conversation...
Animated conversation...

Despite the serious character of the Holy Week also a lot of joy is to be observed in Trapani, Sicily, Italy.

Thwe joy of participating...
Thwe joy of participating...

For the young girls and boys it is a joy to take part in the Easter procession. Trapani, Sicily, Italy

Young support...
Young support...

The portatori are the men that carry the passion scenes - heavy statue groups - around Trapani in the Holy Week before Easter. Young men, strong, more or less of equal hight. On some days boys can be seen supporting the portatori and learning the job. Trapani, Sicily, Italy

Party time...
Party time...

And what a party it is. While the good wishes - Buon Pasqua - are strewn around abundantly, most people put on a stern face when seeing the procession pass by in Trapani, Sicily, Italy

Little angels...
Little angels...

People of all ages are present in the Trapani Easter processions. From old to young, like these little angels in this picture. Trapani, Sicily, Italy

It's crowded...
It's crowded...

The streets in Trapani can get very crowded during the processions in the Holy week before Easter, making it difficult sometimes to get a close-up look at the shrines that are carried around. Trapani, Sicily, Italy

Waiting for Her...
Waiting for Her...

Young girl and boy waiting in front of a Maria shrine for the Easter procession to pass in Trapani, Sicily, Italy.

Going together...
Going together...

Two women, going to see the Easter procession in Trapani, Sicily, Italy

Learning on the job...
Learning on the job...

The portatori are the men that carry the passion scenes - heavy statue groups - around Trapani in the Holy Week before Easter. Young men, strong, more or less of equal hight. On some days boys can be seen supporting the portatori and learning the job. Trapani, Sicily, Italy

The load...
The load...

One of the heavy statue groups that is carried around during the Easter procession in Trapani, Sicily, Italy

Learning on the job...
Learning on the job...

The portatori are the men that carry the passion scenes - heavy statue groups - around Trapani in the Holy Week before Easter. Young men, strong, more or less of equal hight. On some days boys can be seen supporting the portatori and learning the job. Trapani, Sicily, Italy

The right symbol...
The right symbol...

Music plays an important part in creating the mood during the Easter procession in Trapani. This young member of an orchestra is wearing an appropriate symbol in his ear for the event. Trapani, Sicily, Italy.

Waiting for the procession...
Waiting for the procession...

Elderly man dressed up for the event, is waiting for the Easter procession in Trapani ti pass by. Trapani, Sicily, Italy

 Walking trough Trapani before the main Easter procession you can feel the buzz and witness a tension for the start of the great event. Trapani, Sicily, Italy

Walking trough Trapani before the main Easter procession you can feel the buzz and witness a tension for the start of the great event. Trapani, Sicily, Italy

Serving l'Addolorata...
Serving l'Addolorata...

As a man you can do your contribution for the Madonna, like selling postcards to raise funds for the Ceta that is responsible for the Madonna statue that is carried around in the Easter procession in Trapani, Sicily, Italy.

Following the lady of Sorrow...
Following the lady of Sorrow...

The Madonna has a lot of followers. In the Easter procession the last statue that is carried around is the Lady of Sorrow, accompanied by a lot of women dressed in black. But procession or not, there has to be contact as this lady with her telephone demonstrates in Trapani, Sicily, Italy.

Maria's followers...
Maria's followers...

Followers of Maria - our Lady of Sorrow - play an important role in the Easter procession in Trapani, Sicily, Italy.

Seriously devoted...
Seriously devoted...

A serious devote to Maria walking in the Easter procession in Trapani, Sicily, Italy.

Waiting...
Waiting...

During the Easter procession the portatori (bearers) of the statue groups depicting the passion scenes have to put down their load regularly. Waiting therefor is a significant part of the 24 hours the procession takes.

Holy merchandise...
Holy merchandise...

A member of the ceto "pittori decoratori e funai", a portatore of the scene La Ferita al Costato, selling merchandise to support the activities of the guild. Trapani, Sicily, Italy

Stop...
Stop...

Girl with a cross stopping the queue of the procession with onlookers in the background. Trapani, Sicily, Italy

A friendly girl...
A friendly girl...

A young and friendly girl participating in the Easter procession in Trapani, Sicily, Italy.

Concentration...
Concentration...

Concentration and coordination is important for the portatori who carry the statue groups in the Easter procession of Trapani, Sicily, Italy.

Let's pray...
Let's pray...

Young boy walking in the Easter procession in Trapani with his hands locked together with a rosary. Trapani, Sicily, Italy.

Serious preparation...
Serious preparation...

Music is a compelling element in the Easter procession. A young female musician is preparing herself and her colleagues for the event. Trapani, Sicily, Italy

It's in the details...
It's in the details...

Music plays an important role in the mood you are experiencing during the Easter procession in Trapani, Sicily, Italy. It is in the details this young female player of the flat traverse must have thought.

Looking...
Looking...

Young woman in a traditional outfit taking part in the main Easter procession in Trapani, Sicily, Italy

A "F... You" moment...
A "F... You" moment...

Part of the statute group depicting the moment of the crowning of Jezus with a crown of thorns. These passion scenes are carried around in the Easter procession. In this case the artist expressed the mood of the figure on the right in a special way. Trapani, Sicily, Italy.

Serious business...
Serious business...

One thing that is attracting attention is the seriousness of the participants of the main Easter procession in Trapani, Sicily, Italy. A grave business indeed.

Lost in thought...
Lost in thought...

Young woman in white traditional dress lost in thought while in the Easter procession of Trapani, Sicily, Italy

Serious at work...
Serious at work...

Girls in a traditional outfit with silver plaquettes indicating their ceta serious at work during the Easter procession in Trapani, Sicily, Italy.

Walking in the procession...
Walking in the procession...

Girls in a traditional outfit walking in the main Easter procession in the Holy Week in Trapani, Sicily, Italy

Expectancy...
Expectancy...

Elderly woman expectantly waiting for the Easter procession to pass. Trapani. Sicily, Italy

The symbol...
The symbol...

Apart from the statue groups, depicting the misteries, a lot of other symbols are are carried around during the procession, like this girl does. Trapani, Sicily, Italy

Burden and love...
Burden and love...

The sculptured groups carried around during the procession rests on the shoulders of the bearers, men from Trapani, Sicily, Italy. A burden, but loved.

Traces of time...
Traces of time...

Music adds greatly to the dramatic effect of the slowly swaying "Processione dei Misteri" during "La Settimana Santa" before Easter in Trapani, Sicily, Italy. Even this bombardino (tuba) plays its part, dented or not.

Proud portatori...
Proud portatori...

The portatori (bearers) have the hard job of carrying the massive sculptured groups during the Easter procession in Trapani, Sicily, Italy. They are the proud members of a "ceto" or class (a guild) that take responsibility for one of the sculptured groups. These men are members of the Ceto Pastai, the pasta makers.

Waiting...
Waiting...

People waiting in front of the bar "Ai Lumi" for the Easter procession to pass by. Trapani, Sicily, Italy

Look daddy...
Look daddy...

Young boy in the arms of his father pointing enthusiastically at something in the Easter procession in Trapani, Sicily, Italy.

The bearers...
The bearers...

The sculptured groups that are carried around the city during the Easter procession rests on the shoulders of the bearers, men from Trapani, Sicily, Italy.

Sharing the load...
Sharing the load...

The sculptured groups that are carried around the city during the Easter procession rests on the shoulders of the bearers, men from Trapani, Sicily, Italy.

Being there...
Being there...

Elderly man is serious mood participating in the Easter procession in Trapani, Sicily, Italy

Silence...
Silence...

Young woman seemingly lost in thought while participating in the main Easter procession in Trapani, Sicily, Italy

Carrying Him...
Carrying Him...

Young girl, member of the "Ceto degli Orefici" (Class of the gold and silver smiths) carrying a silver plaquette representing a portrait of Jezus while taking part in the main Easter procession in Trapani, Sicily, Italy.

A happy couple...
A happy couple...

Despite the grave character of the Easter procession there are also happy moments as these young women show. Trapani, Sicily, Italy

Emotions...
Emotions...

Elderly man letting go of his emotions during the main Easter procession in Trapani, Sicily, Italy

Easter emotion...
Easter emotion...

Easter is for some a very emotional experience, like this elderly man shown here. Trapani, Sicily, Italy

Serious...
Serious...

Young woman in a traditional outfit taking part in the main Easter procession in Trapani, Sicily, Italy.
 

Self reflection...
Self reflection...

Young woman in a traditional outfit seemingly lost in thought while participating in the main Easter procession, taking up 24 hours, in Trapani, Sicily, Italy.

A long walk ahead...
A long walk ahead...

Young girl in a traditional outfit at the start of the 24 hour long Easter procession in Trapani, Sicily, Italy.

Announcing  "La Separazione"
Announcing "La Separazione"

Youngster representing the "Ceto degli Orefici" in a traditional outfit with a silver plaquette announcing "La Separazione" taking part in the main Easter procession in Trapani, Sicily, Italy.

Serious business
Serious business

Music adds greatly to the dramatic effect of the slowly swaying "Processione dei Misteri" during "La Settimana Santa" before Easter in Trapani, Sicily, Italy

Follow the leader...
Follow the leader...

Crowd following a crucifix figure being carried by a priest at the beginning of the main Easter procession in Trapani, Sicily, Italy

Waiting in silence...
Waiting in silence...

Young girl tiredly waiting after walking in an evening procession in Trapani, Sicily, Italy

The standard bearer...
The standard bearer...

Young boy bearing a standard in a procession at Trapani, Sicily, Italy

Control...
Control...

Priest keeping a watchful eye on things during the main Easter procession in Trapani, Sicily, Italy

Waiting...
Waiting...

Members of the Ceto dei Pescivendoli (class of the fish sellers) waiting for the Easter procession to begin in which they will carry their berry depicting "Gesù Dinanzi Ad Erode" (Jezus before Herod). Trapani, Sicily, Italy

A heavy job...
A heavy job...

Walking a procession with a shrine is a heavy job as this man shows. Trapani, Sicily, Italy

A tired angel...
A tired angel...

Walking a procession is tiring as this yawning little female angel shows. Trapani, Sicily, Italy

Seriously heavy...
Seriously heavy...

Serious and heavy business that is performed by the men of Trapani when they carry around the city the barriers (vare) with the sculptural groups depicting the mysteries: the story of the Passion and Death of Christ. Trapani, Sicily, Italy

Also for him...
Also for him...

Easter festivities are for everyone, also for the underprivileged people. Trapani, Sicily, Italy

A procession is tiring...
A procession is tiring...

Young Young girl who is participating in the Easter procession in Trapani is looking tired after a round in the old city. And she has two more days to go, including the 24hour procession. Trapani, Sicily, Italy. 

A banner bearer walking for Him...
A banner bearer walking for Him...

Participation in the long Easter procession in Trapani is not only for the elderly. All generations old enough to actively participate are present, like this young man bearing a banner for the long walk in the old city centre. Trapani, Sicily, Italy

Walking for Him...
Walking for Him...

Participation in the long Easter procession in Trapani is not only for the elderly. All generations old enough to actively participate are present, like this young girl that is seriously preparing for the long walk. Trapani, Sicily, Italy

Texting and Maria
Texting and Maria

Also the men of Trapani are active in the Easter celebration like buying cards from the guilds to support them. Trapani, Sicily, Italy

Serious...
Serious...

Pasqua nel Trapanese... Working on a new project "Easter in Trapani". Easter in Trapani (Sicily, Italy) is famous because of its 24 hours during procession taking place in its old city centre.

The banner bearer...
The banner bearer...

Pasqua nel Trapanese...

Woman bearing a banner during a procession in the Holy Week in Trapani (Sicily, Italy). Easter in Trapani is famous because of its 24 hours during procession taking place in its old city centre.

Looking at the procession...
Looking at the procession...

Pasqua nel Trapanese...

Woman standing in front of a poster for Italian jewellery in the porch of her jewellery shop while looking at the procession passing by. Trapani, Sicily, Italy

Paying tribute to Maria...
Paying tribute to Maria...

Woman in black paying tribute to Maria during a procession in the holy Week in Trapani, Sicily, Italy. Trapani is famous because of its 24 hours during Easter procession.

The End...
Happy looking...
Spectators...
Spectators...
An attentive ear...
I see you...
A smokey job...
At rest but alert...
After a long night...
Enjoying the spectacle...
Support...
Support...
Showing his emotions...
Looking at emotions...
The nail bearer...
A private moment...
Flower girl...
Looking at the participants...
Keep it burning...
Brothers in arms...
She and her hero...
The morning after...
Hard at work...
I am not going to smile...
Taking a short rest...
The rosary...
Waiting...
Doubtful...
Time for thought...
Frozen in time...
The next morning...
Another spectator in awe...
Men at work...
Trying to catch a glimpse...
Serious participant...
Taking a rest...
Brothers in arms...
Serious participant...
A bearer concealed...
Serious participant...
Bearing and support...
Waiting...
Strong men...
At the wine bar...
Lantern bearer...
Taking a break...
Serious participants...
It is about this...
dressed for the occasion...
Joint forces...
Lost in thought...
The bearers...
Non-portatori...
Holding on...
Being there...
Conversations...
 A father bringing his son, member of a drum band, to the start of the Easter procession in Trapani, Sicily, Italy
Interested...
Patience needed...
Animated conversation...
Thwe joy of participating...
Young support...
Party time...
Little angels...
It's crowded...
Waiting for Her...
Going together...
Learning on the job...
The load...
Learning on the job...
The right symbol...
Waiting for the procession...
 Walking trough Trapani before the main Easter procession you can feel the buzz and witness a tension for the start of the great event. Trapani, Sicily, Italy
Serving l'Addolorata...
Following the lady of Sorrow...
Maria's followers...
Seriously devoted...
Waiting...
Holy merchandise...
Stop...
A friendly girl...
Concentration...
Let's pray...
Serious preparation...
It's in the details...
Looking...
A "F... You" moment...
Serious business...
Lost in thought...
Serious at work...
Walking in the procession...
Expectancy...
The symbol...
Burden and love...
Traces of time...
Proud portatori...
Waiting...
Look daddy...
The bearers...
Sharing the load...
Being there...
Silence...
Carrying Him...
A happy couple...
Emotions...
Easter emotion...
Serious...
Self reflection...
A long walk ahead...
Announcing  "La Separazione"
Serious business
Follow the leader...
Waiting in silence...
The standard bearer...
Control...
Waiting...
A heavy job...
A tired angel...
Seriously heavy...
Also for him...
A procession is tiring...
A banner bearer walking for Him...
Walking for Him...
Texting and Maria
Serious...
The banner bearer...
Looking at the procession...
Paying tribute to Maria...
The End...

At the end of the Easter procession all the passion scenes are brought back to the Chiesa Anime Sante del Purgatorio, where it all started the day before. The last statue group to be brought in is that of "The Sorrows" (Maria) as seen here in front of the church. A large amount of spectators is around to witness the re-entry of the sculptures in the church after they and their portatori have been blessed and the closing of the doors of the church after the last statue has been carried in. Trapani, Sicily, Italy

Happy looking...

People looking at the Easter procession in Trapani, Sicily, Italy

Spectators...

The Trapani Easter procession attracts a lot of spectators not only from all over. Trapani, Sicily, Italy

Spectators...

The Easter procession in Trapani attracts a lot of visitors to the city. Most of them observe the event on the street level but the balconies on the main street also accommodate spectators. Trapani, Sicily, Italy

An attentive ear...

Apart from being brothers in arms during the procession, these portatori obviously are also friends. Trapani, Sicily, Italy

I see you...

Young girl in the Easter procession carrying flowers and taking a sip while keeping an eye on the photographer. Trapani, Sicily, Italy

A smokey job...

The passion scenes that are carried around in the procession are lit partly by smoking candles. Trapani, Sicily, Italy

At rest but alert...

Portatore at rest but alert while looking at the street where the procession is taking place. Trapani, Sicily, Italy

After a long night...

For the younger participants it is sometimes a bit difficult to start the new day after a long night in the Easter procession of Trapani, Sicily, Italy

Enjoying the spectacle...

Looking at the Easter procession in Trapani, Sicily, Italy

Support...

Elderly participant showing his emotions and is looked after. Trapani, Sicily, Italy

Support...

Elderly participant showing his emotions and is looked after by a colleague. Trapani, Sicily, Italy

Showing his emotions...

Elderly participant showing his emotions and is looked upon. Trapani, Sicily, Italy

Looking at emotions...

Elderly participant showing his emotions and is looked upon. Trapani, Sicily, Italy

The nail bearer...

Young boy in the Trapani Easter procession carrying the nails as a symbol of the crucifixion of Christ. Trapani, Sicily, Italy

A private moment...

Early in de morning, while waiting for the procession to pass by this couple is waiting in front of a shop, having a private moment before the street is flooded with spectators of the Easter procession in Trapani, Sicily, Italy

Flower girl...

Girl carrying a bouquet in the Trapani Easter procession. Trapani, Sicily, Italy

Looking at the participants...

Passerby is keeping an eye on the participants of the Trapani Easter procession in Trapani, Sicily, Italy

Keep it burning...

Keeping a candle burning in the Easter procession isn't an easy feat. Trapani, Sicily, Italy

Brothers in arms...

Members of the Ceto Metallurgici posing for a groups portrait during a break in the Easter procession in Trapani, Sicily, Italy

She and her hero...

Young girl in traditional outfit showing a banner with a portrait of Jezus, while she takes part in the Easter procession in Trapani, Sicily, Italy

The morning after...

The next morning the participants of the Easter procession in Trapani, Sicily, Italy show that they have had a long night. And they still have a half day to go.

Hard at work...

Musician blowing the trumpet in the Easter procession in Trapani, Sicily, Italy

I am not going to smile...

Young woman in the Trapani Easter procession doing her best trying not to smile when she noticed she was being photographed. Trapani, Sicily, Italy

Taking a short rest...

Bearers (portatori) of the "Ceto dei Tessili e Abbigliamenti" (textile and clothing workers) taking a rest after carrying their statue group "La Spogliazione" a short distance during the Easter procession in Trapani, Sicily, Italy

The rosary...

Participant of the Easter procession holding a rosary in her hands. Trapani, Sicily, Italy

Waiting...

Portatori of the statue groups waiting for the next part of the Easter procession in Trapani, Sicily, Italy

Doubtful...

Portatore at rest during the Easter procession in Trapani, Sicily, Italy

Time for thought...

Portatori in rest, having time for some talk and some thoughts. Trapani, Sicily, Italy

Frozen in time...

Haunting, that is what the music is. It creates a mood that is difficult to forget. Added to that, the procession as a whole is something that at times feels as something from the past, especially with the uniforms some of the groups are wearing. Past and present merged into one. What a mood! Trapani, Sicily, Italy.

The next morning...

After carrying the statue groups for a night in the procession the bearers are showing traces of fatigue and candle wax. Trapani, Sicily, Italy

Another spectator in awe...

Another spectator in awe while looking at the Easter procession Trapani, Sicily, Italy

Men at work...

Portatori at work during the Easter procession in Trapani, Sicily, Italy

Trying to catch a glimpse...

Woman in white with a hat trying to catch a glimpse of the procession in Trapani, Sicily, Italy

Serious participant...

Young girl taking her role in the procession very serious. Trapani, Sicily, Italy

Taking a rest...

Portatori taking a rest during the Trapani Easter procession. Trapani, Sicily, Italy

Brothers in arms...

A Band of brothers in arms these men of the Ceto dei Metallurgici can be called while they are sharing a load in the Trapani Easter procession in the Holy Week. Trapani, Sicily, Italy

Serious participant...

Taking part in the Trapani procession is serious business as this woman shows. Trapani, Sicily, Italy

A bearer concealed...

Bearer (portatore) partly concealed by an arm of a colleague while lifting a statue group in the Trapani Easter procession. Trapani, Sicily, Italy

Serious participant...

Taking part in the Trapani procession is serious business as this man shows. Trapani, Sicily, Italy

Bearing and support...

Bearers carrying their load of statues while supporting each other in the Trapani, Easter procession. Trapani, Sicily, Italy

Waiting...

Young girl in traditional outfit waiting for the procession to proceed. Trapani, Sicily, Italy

Strong men...

The strong men of Trapani, like here the portatori of the ceta muratori e scalpellini (guild of the stone workers), carry around the statue groups during the Easter procession in Trapani, Sicily, Italy

At the wine bar...

Playing the saxophone is hard work and necessitates regular pauses. Like here in front of a wine bar in Trapani, Sicily, Italy

Lantern bearer...

Lantern bearer in the Easter procession in Trapani, Sicily, Italy

Taking a break...

Portatore (bearer) taking a break during the Easter procession in Trapani, Sicily, Italy.

Serious participants...

Young girls playing part in the Trapani Easter procession. Trapani, Sicily, Italy

It is about this...

The Holy Week in Trapani is about the passion of Christ, as is noticeable throughout the city. Trapani, Sicily, Italy

dressed for the occasion...

Girl dressed for the Trapani Easter procession. Trapani, Sicily, Italy

Joint forces...

Men join forces to carry around one of the statue groups in the Easter procession in Trapani, Sicily, Italy

Lost in thought...

Young girl, walking in the Trapani Easter procession seemingly lost in thought. Trapani, Sicily, Italy

The bearers...

The portatori, the guys doing the fysically heavy job of carrying the passion scenes (statues groups representing the different stages of the Passion of Christ) during the Trapani Easter procession. Trapani, Sicily, Italy

Non-portatori...

While portatori (bearers) - with their own dress code and way of conduct - play an important role in the Easter procession, a lot of other roles with accompanying behaviour are to be fulfilled. Trapani, Sicily, Italy

Holding on...

Young girl holding on to a cord attached too a banner that is carried around in the Easter procession of Trapani, Sicily, Italy

Being there...

Being there - at the Easter procession in Trapani - is important for a lot of the inhabitants of Trapani. Interesting to watch the diversity of the participants and the public. Trapani, Sicilia, Italia

Conversations...

During the procession the bearers, or portatori as they are called, often have to pause te rest because of the heavy loads of the statue groups that display the different passion scenes. Here the portatori, and even the statues, are seen to be engaged in a friendly conversation during such an intermezzo. Trapani, Sicily, Italy

A father bringing his son, member of a drum band, to the start of the Easter procession in Trapani, Sicily, Italy

Interested...

Young woman, somewhat hidden by others, trying to have a look at the Easter procession in Trapani, Sicily, Italy.

Patience needed...

The younger participants of the procession have to be patient often because of the regular pauses the bearers need to put their shrines down to rest their shoulders. Trapani, Sicily, Italy

Animated conversation...

Despite the serious character of the Holy Week also a lot of joy is to be observed in Trapani, Sicily, Italy.

Thwe joy of participating...

For the young girls and boys it is a joy to take part in the Easter procession. Trapani, Sicily, Italy

Young support...

The portatori are the men that carry the passion scenes - heavy statue groups - around Trapani in the Holy Week before Easter. Young men, strong, more or less of equal hight. On some days boys can be seen supporting the portatori and learning the job. Trapani, Sicily, Italy

Party time...

And what a party it is. While the good wishes - Buon Pasqua - are strewn around abundantly, most people put on a stern face when seeing the procession pass by in Trapani, Sicily, Italy

Little angels...

People of all ages are present in the Trapani Easter processions. From old to young, like these little angels in this picture. Trapani, Sicily, Italy

It's crowded...

The streets in Trapani can get very crowded during the processions in the Holy week before Easter, making it difficult sometimes to get a close-up look at the shrines that are carried around. Trapani, Sicily, Italy

Waiting for Her...

Young girl and boy waiting in front of a Maria shrine for the Easter procession to pass in Trapani, Sicily, Italy.

Going together...

Two women, going to see the Easter procession in Trapani, Sicily, Italy

Learning on the job...

The portatori are the men that carry the passion scenes - heavy statue groups - around Trapani in the Holy Week before Easter. Young men, strong, more or less of equal hight. On some days boys can be seen supporting the portatori and learning the job. Trapani, Sicily, Italy

The load...

One of the heavy statue groups that is carried around during the Easter procession in Trapani, Sicily, Italy

Learning on the job...

The portatori are the men that carry the passion scenes - heavy statue groups - around Trapani in the Holy Week before Easter. Young men, strong, more or less of equal hight. On some days boys can be seen supporting the portatori and learning the job. Trapani, Sicily, Italy

The right symbol...

Music plays an important part in creating the mood during the Easter procession in Trapani. This young member of an orchestra is wearing an appropriate symbol in his ear for the event. Trapani, Sicily, Italy.

Waiting for the procession...

Elderly man dressed up for the event, is waiting for the Easter procession in Trapani ti pass by. Trapani, Sicily, Italy

Walking trough Trapani before the main Easter procession you can feel the buzz and witness a tension for the start of the great event. Trapani, Sicily, Italy

Serving l'Addolorata...

As a man you can do your contribution for the Madonna, like selling postcards to raise funds for the Ceta that is responsible for the Madonna statue that is carried around in the Easter procession in Trapani, Sicily, Italy.

Following the lady of Sorrow...

The Madonna has a lot of followers. In the Easter procession the last statue that is carried around is the Lady of Sorrow, accompanied by a lot of women dressed in black. But procession or not, there has to be contact as this lady with her telephone demonstrates in Trapani, Sicily, Italy.

Maria's followers...

Followers of Maria - our Lady of Sorrow - play an important role in the Easter procession in Trapani, Sicily, Italy.

Seriously devoted...

A serious devote to Maria walking in the Easter procession in Trapani, Sicily, Italy.

Waiting...

During the Easter procession the portatori (bearers) of the statue groups depicting the passion scenes have to put down their load regularly. Waiting therefor is a significant part of the 24 hours the procession takes.

Holy merchandise...

A member of the ceto "pittori decoratori e funai", a portatore of the scene La Ferita al Costato, selling merchandise to support the activities of the guild. Trapani, Sicily, Italy

Stop...

Girl with a cross stopping the queue of the procession with onlookers in the background. Trapani, Sicily, Italy

A friendly girl...

A young and friendly girl participating in the Easter procession in Trapani, Sicily, Italy.

Concentration...

Concentration and coordination is important for the portatori who carry the statue groups in the Easter procession of Trapani, Sicily, Italy.

Let's pray...

Young boy walking in the Easter procession in Trapani with his hands locked together with a rosary. Trapani, Sicily, Italy.

Serious preparation...

Music is a compelling element in the Easter procession. A young female musician is preparing herself and her colleagues for the event. Trapani, Sicily, Italy

It's in the details...

Music plays an important role in the mood you are experiencing during the Easter procession in Trapani, Sicily, Italy. It is in the details this young female player of the flat traverse must have thought.

Looking...

Young woman in a traditional outfit taking part in the main Easter procession in Trapani, Sicily, Italy

A "F... You" moment...

Part of the statute group depicting the moment of the crowning of Jezus with a crown of thorns. These passion scenes are carried around in the Easter procession. In this case the artist expressed the mood of the figure on the right in a special way. Trapani, Sicily, Italy.

Serious business...

One thing that is attracting attention is the seriousness of the participants of the main Easter procession in Trapani, Sicily, Italy. A grave business indeed.

Lost in thought...

Young woman in white traditional dress lost in thought while in the Easter procession of Trapani, Sicily, Italy

Serious at work...

Girls in a traditional outfit with silver plaquettes indicating their ceta serious at work during the Easter procession in Trapani, Sicily, Italy.

Walking in the procession...

Girls in a traditional outfit walking in the main Easter procession in the Holy Week in Trapani, Sicily, Italy

Expectancy...

Elderly woman expectantly waiting for the Easter procession to pass. Trapani. Sicily, Italy

The symbol...

Apart from the statue groups, depicting the misteries, a lot of other symbols are are carried around during the procession, like this girl does. Trapani, Sicily, Italy

Burden and love...

The sculptured groups carried around during the procession rests on the shoulders of the bearers, men from Trapani, Sicily, Italy. A burden, but loved.

Traces of time...

Music adds greatly to the dramatic effect of the slowly swaying "Processione dei Misteri" during "La Settimana Santa" before Easter in Trapani, Sicily, Italy. Even this bombardino (tuba) plays its part, dented or not.

Proud portatori...

The portatori (bearers) have the hard job of carrying the massive sculptured groups during the Easter procession in Trapani, Sicily, Italy. They are the proud members of a "ceto" or class (a guild) that take responsibility for one of the sculptured groups. These men are members of the Ceto Pastai, the pasta makers.

Waiting...

People waiting in front of the bar "Ai Lumi" for the Easter procession to pass by. Trapani, Sicily, Italy

Look daddy...

Young boy in the arms of his father pointing enthusiastically at something in the Easter procession in Trapani, Sicily, Italy.

The bearers...

The sculptured groups that are carried around the city during the Easter procession rests on the shoulders of the bearers, men from Trapani, Sicily, Italy.

Sharing the load...

The sculptured groups that are carried around the city during the Easter procession rests on the shoulders of the bearers, men from Trapani, Sicily, Italy.

Being there...

Elderly man is serious mood participating in the Easter procession in Trapani, Sicily, Italy

Silence...

Young woman seemingly lost in thought while participating in the main Easter procession in Trapani, Sicily, Italy

Carrying Him...

Young girl, member of the "Ceto degli Orefici" (Class of the gold and silver smiths) carrying a silver plaquette representing a portrait of Jezus while taking part in the main Easter procession in Trapani, Sicily, Italy.

A happy couple...

Despite the grave character of the Easter procession there are also happy moments as these young women show. Trapani, Sicily, Italy

Emotions...

Elderly man letting go of his emotions during the main Easter procession in Trapani, Sicily, Italy

Easter emotion...

Easter is for some a very emotional experience, like this elderly man shown here. Trapani, Sicily, Italy

Serious...

Young woman in a traditional outfit taking part in the main Easter procession in Trapani, Sicily, Italy.
 

Self reflection...

Young woman in a traditional outfit seemingly lost in thought while participating in the main Easter procession, taking up 24 hours, in Trapani, Sicily, Italy.

A long walk ahead...

Young girl in a traditional outfit at the start of the 24 hour long Easter procession in Trapani, Sicily, Italy.

Announcing "La Separazione"

Youngster representing the "Ceto degli Orefici" in a traditional outfit with a silver plaquette announcing "La Separazione" taking part in the main Easter procession in Trapani, Sicily, Italy.

Serious business

Music adds greatly to the dramatic effect of the slowly swaying "Processione dei Misteri" during "La Settimana Santa" before Easter in Trapani, Sicily, Italy

Follow the leader...

Crowd following a crucifix figure being carried by a priest at the beginning of the main Easter procession in Trapani, Sicily, Italy

Waiting in silence...

Young girl tiredly waiting after walking in an evening procession in Trapani, Sicily, Italy

The standard bearer...

Young boy bearing a standard in a procession at Trapani, Sicily, Italy

Control...

Priest keeping a watchful eye on things during the main Easter procession in Trapani, Sicily, Italy

Waiting...

Members of the Ceto dei Pescivendoli (class of the fish sellers) waiting for the Easter procession to begin in which they will carry their berry depicting "Gesù Dinanzi Ad Erode" (Jezus before Herod). Trapani, Sicily, Italy

A heavy job...

Walking a procession with a shrine is a heavy job as this man shows. Trapani, Sicily, Italy

A tired angel...

Walking a procession is tiring as this yawning little female angel shows. Trapani, Sicily, Italy

Seriously heavy...

Serious and heavy business that is performed by the men of Trapani when they carry around the city the barriers (vare) with the sculptural groups depicting the mysteries: the story of the Passion and Death of Christ. Trapani, Sicily, Italy

Also for him...

Easter festivities are for everyone, also for the underprivileged people. Trapani, Sicily, Italy

A procession is tiring...

Young Young girl who is participating in the Easter procession in Trapani is looking tired after a round in the old city. And she has two more days to go, including the 24hour procession. Trapani, Sicily, Italy. 

A banner bearer walking for Him...

Participation in the long Easter procession in Trapani is not only for the elderly. All generations old enough to actively participate are present, like this young man bearing a banner for the long walk in the old city centre. Trapani, Sicily, Italy

Walking for Him...

Participation in the long Easter procession in Trapani is not only for the elderly. All generations old enough to actively participate are present, like this young girl that is seriously preparing for the long walk. Trapani, Sicily, Italy

Texting and Maria

Also the men of Trapani are active in the Easter celebration like buying cards from the guilds to support them. Trapani, Sicily, Italy

Serious...

Pasqua nel Trapanese... Working on a new project "Easter in Trapani". Easter in Trapani (Sicily, Italy) is famous because of its 24 hours during procession taking place in its old city centre.

The banner bearer...

Pasqua nel Trapanese...

Woman bearing a banner during a procession in the Holy Week in Trapani (Sicily, Italy). Easter in Trapani is famous because of its 24 hours during procession taking place in its old city centre.

Looking at the procession...

Pasqua nel Trapanese...

Woman standing in front of a poster for Italian jewellery in the porch of her jewellery shop while looking at the procession passing by. Trapani, Sicily, Italy

Paying tribute to Maria...

Woman in black paying tribute to Maria during a procession in the holy Week in Trapani, Sicily, Italy. Trapani is famous because of its 24 hours during Easter procession.

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