HOLY WEEK 2017

from April 03, 2017 to April 24, 2017

Curiosities and traditions

Even if the rites mainly date back to the 17th century, some customs are even more ancient: for example, the one of  Is nenniris, wheat or legume seedlings sown on Ash Wednesday and grown in dark.

Their origin is supposed to derive from the phoenician myth of Adonis, celebrating the life cycle of vegetation. It's possible to recognise the same archaic root in Is Allichirongius de Pasca, the spring-cleaning on Easter time, that recalls an ancient   purification rite.

Moreover, according to the tradition during the Holy Week people used to practise Is Ascurtus: walking up the hill of Buon Cammino, they listened to other people talking and put their sentences together in order to make predictions about the future.

In the same period, women used to suspend yarn spinning, as woolen threads symbolized Christ's hair. For the same reason, they were even advised against washing hair.

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