San Biagio Platani, The Easter Arches: Explosion of art, nature, colors and smells

San Biagio Platani, The Easter Arches: Explosion of art, nature, colors and smells
San Biagio Platani, The Easter Arches: Explosion of art, nature, colors and smells

In San Biagio Platani it is possible to admire the Easter Arches until 5 May. A tradition that has been handed down from generation to generation, by a creative and generous people who have made their site an exceptional place of art. The festival of the Easter Arches of San Biagio Platani began in the second half of the seventeenth century when the two brotherhoods, respectively “Madunnara” based in the Mother Church and “Signurara” based in the Church of Carmine near Calvario, took care to delimit artistically the sacred space where on Easter day the meeting of the Risen Christ with his mother takes place, the triumph of life over death, the victory of Christ, the revelation of the “Mystery” in the resurrection. This ceremony takes place at a precise moment of the year, when nature, with an explosion of scents and colours, celebrates the awakening of spring in the Sicani Valley. It is no coincidence that the structure of the central arches takes shape in a fusion of plant materials, products of nature, an architecture of fruits, essences, smells and what the peasant people can offer to the victorious Christ. Bread, the fruit of hard work in the fields, is the essential decorative element of the architecture of the festival, in which it takes on a connotative symbolism of the rhythms of a people’s life. A people who gave rise to a unique event, rich in devotion, culture and art. Canes, olive branches, rosemary, laurel, oranges are transformed into cathedrals and colonnades. Bread, eggs, sugar, salt are the origins of most decorations. Almonds, ears, corn, dates, flowers and legumes make up the materials of splendid mosaics.

 
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