Since the 17th century, and culminating in the first decades of the 19th century, the Holy Week rites of Cagliari have enabled the devotee to relive the Passion and Death of Jesus Christ. As many others sardinian areas, Cagliari celebrates Easter (known as Sa Pasca Manna, in contrast to Sa Paschixedda, Christmas) combining the official liturgical ceremonies with others, held by the citizens over the centuries. Through those rites, the town keeps alive a centuries-old tradition of its four historical districts: Castello, Marina, Stampace and Villanova, togheter with their parish churches.
Now as then, Easter celebrations in Cagliari begin on Friday preceding Palm Sunday and known as Passion Friday, with the procession of Misteri (The Mysteries).
Misteri are seven wooden statues, sculpted in 1758 by the sardinian sculptor Giuseppe Antonio Lonis. They represent six episodes of the Passion of Christ (The prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane, The Arrest, The Flagellation, The Crowning with Thorns, The Ascent to the Calvary, The Crucifixion) and the Lady of Sorrows.